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Dream Snow

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers somethin ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Philomel Books
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Children will probably enjoy the interactive nature of this book. Lift the snow-blanket (flaps) to discover what farm animals this farmer actually has. Also, there's a fun musical surprise at the end. However, this book really didn't do to much for me and doesn't live up to some of Carle's other glorious books, in my perspective.
Dec 18, 2014 Alicia rated it really liked it
The preschoolers in my class really enjoyed this book. They liked guessing which animals were under the snow. They thought the animal names were hilarious (one, two, three, etc.) and of course, a tree named tree was just too funny for them. The button at the end just made their day, and they had to press it several times.
Dec 06, 2015 Josiah rated it did not like it
Children's Christmas literature needed a contribution from Eric Carle, and this quiet tale of a farmer tending to his five animals on Christmas is just what I would have expected from him. The art is colorful and exotic, exciting and innovative even after so many years of Eric Carle originals, and the story has the feel of a second nativity, combining the eternal majesty of the Biblical manger scene with a celebration of Santa Claus's exemplary generosity as he tours the world to bring us gifts ...more
Britt Guild
Mar 24, 2014 Britt Guild rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love to read this book as winter begins and snow covers everything like a white blanket as the book describes. It is a fun interactive book as each page has a plastic overlay that covers up the animal or farmer with white falling snow. Each animal is named a number, so it's a great book for counting and naming animals. It is also a book about kindness and bringing the holidays to everyone in a special way.

This is a unique book that allows students to interact with the book as they turn each pa
Susan Rowe
Apr 10, 2016 Susan Rowe rated it really liked it
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Carle, Eric. Dream Snow. New York: Philomel Books, 2000. Print.

In this sound effect book, a farmer lives the simple life. He has five farm animals that are named One, Two, etc. He begins to dream about snow and how it will cover up the animals. When he awakes, it is snowing. He dresses in a read robe and black boots and goes outside to decorate the tree for his animals. On the last page, you can press a button a musical chime plays and the tree lights up.

Themes: farm life, snow, C
Mar 08, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, childrens, holiday
It’s Christmas but where is the snow? As the farmer sat down in his chair at the end of a tiring day, he dreamt of snow. Inside of his dream, the snow covers him and all of his farm animals with a white blanket. It was a peaceful dream and when the farmer woke up, he was surprised to see that snow had actually fallen outside. Quickly putting on the proper clothing, he runs outside grabbing a box and a sack for which he had already prepared. He seems to be in a hurry. The animals, safe in the bar ...more
Laura Hines
Dec 09, 2015 Laura Hines rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I have this book at home and really enjoyed learning about the author,Eric Carle, through a project. This book provides such magnificent illustrations and even include a light up image towards the end. Eric Carle does a great job of creating a holiday story that is captivating for young children. The plot of this children's book is that an old man who lives on a farm falls asleep on the night before Christmas. During his nap he dreams of snow trickling down and covering his farm. When he wakes u ...more
Brooke Seidel
Title: Dream Snow
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Non-fiction Concept book
Theme(s): Christmas, winter, dreaming, counting, farms
Opening line/sentence: On a small farm there lived a farmer. He only had a few animals.
Brief Book Summary: There is a farmer that lives on a farm with his animals named One, Two, Three, Four and Five. He takes a nap and dreams of snow pilling up on him and his five animals. When he wakes up he sees snow everywhere and realizes that he is not dreaming! But he soon realizes that
Dec 26, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Elissa Still
Dream Snow features a simple farmer and his five animals- all named one, two, three, four, and five, who wonder how Christmas is coming without snow on the ground. One night the farmer dreams of a huge blizzard that covers his fields, and when he awakes the next morning his dream has come true. But the snow coming isn’t the only Christmas surprise the famer has up his sleeves for his animals. The reading level for this book is kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Comments/observations: This is a fu
September Michaud
Oct 23, 2015 September Michaud rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, christmas
Typical Eric Carle illustrations--brightly colored and fun to look at.

The story wasn't too much of a story. A farmer falls asleep and dreams of snow. Wakes up to find it has snowed. Puts on his coat and boots which make him look like Santa and goes outside to wake the animals and decorate Tree.

This book does have clear plastic pages with some snow colored patches which can be flipped to reveal each of the animals on the farm, and I really like the clear plastic, peek-a-book flaps/pages on just a
Randi Goodnight
Dream Snow is a counting book about an old farmer with five animals. The farmer names the animals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. After the farmer feeds his animals he climbs up into his old chair and takes a nap. The old farmer then has a dream that it snowed and covered his five animals. The old farmer thought the snow looked nice and fluffy, and when he woke up he found snow on the ground. I thought this book was very cute and good for younger readers. On the last page the old farmer makes a Christmas tree ou ...more
현순 최
Oct 04, 2014 현순 최 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, love, counting
Eric Carle always writes useful books for children and also his paintings are very beautiful. He describes detaily about his book. On a small farm there lived a farmer with his friends, animals(one, two, three, four and five). One night as he sat on his favorite chair, he fell asleep. He thought it's almost Christmas. He dreamed of falling snowflakes. They gently covered him with a white blanket. When he woke up from his dream, looked out of his window and saw snow. The moon and stars sparkled i ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Virginia rated it liked it
Shelves: children, read-2013
My children love this book solely because of the sound button you can push at the end. Other than that, they do like to look at the pictures. But seriously. They just push the button over and over again.
Gail Gauthier
Mar 06, 2015 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing
"What a fantastic combination of story and image. Little bits of animals can be seen through barn windows. Later, the whole entire body can be found behind an overlay of snow. And then the Santa-type figure decorates a tree that lights up. (Or maybe there was music. I was kind of excited over this, and now I can't remember.) I think this book makes the best use of what some might consider gimmicks, the overlays and the music or lights, that I've ever seen."

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Alexis Espinosa
Dream Snow is a book about an old farmer with five animals who has a dream that it snowed and covered all of his only animals.

Comments/observations: The reading level of this book in kindergarten to second grade and the themes include winter, farms, and Christmas. My emotional readers response is that it is a good story and when I was reading it I wasn't sure how the book was going to end which was new when it comes to children's books. Eric Carle also did a good job illustrating this book with
Holly M
Nov 24, 2013 Holly M rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of my favorite picture books of all time. It is about a farmer who owns a small farm with five animals. Every day when he is done tending to his farm he goes back to his house to prepare and eat his favorite meal. One night he falls asleep and dreamed that he and all of his animals got covered with a blanket of snow. When he awoke from his dream he saw that it had snowed while he was sleeping, so the farmer put on his warm clothes, grabbed a box, and rushed outside. He decorated the ...more
Wendy Daniel
May 06, 2014 Wendy Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-4700
When the holidays near and snow starts to cover the ground, I get nostalgic for this wonderful book. The farmer looks just like santa as he gathers up gifts for his animals. The kids have to guess what animal is hidden underneath a blanket of snow. This builds narrative skills and print motivation and vocabulary. The end of the book has a little musical surprise that the kids never tire of. I love this book for ages 1-10.
Jan 04, 2016 Professor rated it really liked it
Another Carle riff on creating a book that kids can interact with; this one has transparencies of snow that get overlaid over a farmer and his 5 animals (names 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and a button at the end that plays a little tune. MicroMort really enjoyed it and it has the usual cozy, warm feel of a Carle book.
Marilyn Smith
Dream Snow now in board book is the perfect first winter Christmas book for babies and toddlers. The colors are vibrant and lush and the story is sweet. Easy to lift doors reveal little pictures, This is a sturdy book that will hold up well to years of love
Mar 28, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a "quick share" for "drop-in" story time guests. Children can try to guess by the shape what animal is under each blanket of snow. My favorite part is the musical tinkling sound heard when the button at the end of the book is pressed.
Sarah Adamson
This is a fun and gentle Christmas book. Featuring the awesome art work and simple words of Eric Carle, it will delight preschoolers and early readers. The button push making music at the back just makes it even more attactive to them!
Dec 10, 2014 Kristy rated it really liked it
This book was a great success with my pre-k croud! They liked guessing what was behind the snow, and they had a blast pressing the button at the end (it plays a tinkling melody). Very cute.

Great for snow/winter/christmas storytime.
Andrew Stockle
Jun 23, 2015 Andrew Stockle rated it did not like it
Dream Snow is about a farmer who is waiting for the first snow of the year. He falls asleep and dreams that the snow comes. When he awakes his dream has become reality. This book has wonderfully colorful pictures and clear plastic sheets for each page that allow the reader to place the snow on top of the pictures. The text and the pictures complement each other very well, but the story itself is not exactly a page turner. It is boring. I would not use this book in my classroom to encourage readi ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
I'm not sure what raises this to the level of a great book for some reviewers. I can see how kids would like this book: overlays of snow and the button to push at the end. Thankfully the illustrations are creative and engaging.
Karen Dransfield
Jun 27, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Another lovely book by Eric Carle. A fun story with clear overlaying pages in parts of the story. And at the very back is a sound button which plays a special tune to go with the end of the story.
Rosa Cline
Jan 09, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, christmas, winter
Mr Carle has a unique way with his stories and his illustrations my 3 year old granddaughter sat and listened and enjoyed having this read to her. A farmer lives by himself on a small farm he doesn't have lots of animals but what he has he has named "One" "Two" "Three" "Four" "Five" and has a special tree outside the barn he named "tree"... He enjoys his animals and tree very much and takes care of them. this book has special pages that make the animals 'hid' in a snow blanket. In the end the fa ...more
Dream Snow - Eric Carle

Published in 2000, this book came out just in time for my then 5 year-old son to enjoy it. He still asks where this book is at Christmas time. Dream Snow is a simple story about a farmer who greatly resembles both Santa Claus and Eric Carle himself. The simple repetitive text reinforces early counting skills while the plastic snow overlays create a captivating guessing game before revealing which animal is concealed behind the dream snow. The final gimmick of the book is a
Oct 12, 2015 Terralyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sir-scott
You really can't go wrong with Eric Carle! Scott loves the illustrations and the button to push at the end that makes music. We make the animal sounds and name them.
Kim Hampton
Dec 30, 2014 Kim Hampton rated it liked it
My kids enjoyed lifting the flaps to find the hidden animals, and guessing what animal it would be. Best for younger kids who enjoy repetition.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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