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Aug 09, 2011 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it
An absolutely gorgeously illustrated book about the coming of the first snow to a valley in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The author certainly knows his local animals, although I wondered why he didn't include skunks, raccoons, wolverines, fishers, muskrats, and porcupines, which are also common. As you read the text, you can feel the tension in the air as the animals know what is coming and prepare. The first snow is always joyous, as both animals and people play in it and admire ...more
The narrative paints a warm and bucolic picture of life in the Adirondacks, creating something akin to nostalgia in its prosaic delivery. The author's mastery of words is on display in every sentence, his phrasing as precise as a needlepoint, framing lively scenes in the reader's mind; scenes that are only aided by the beautiful and fitting artwork by the gifted Maggie Henry. In these pages, "Hillsides and villages look to be on fire as trees shimmer in the glow of autumn light." And "The rocky ...more
beautifully illustrated picture book that embraces winter. Animals found in the Adirondacks enjoy the first snows. Plenty of bold color with blues and whites to depict winter; colorful oranges and reds portray autumn.