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Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  988 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic--the toys from the beloved chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home--are back in a glorious full-color picture book, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky have created a book destined to become a classic.
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
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Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
This is an amazing book in which three toys that are friends with each other go out and experience snow for the first time.

Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a plush stingray. Plastic is a rubber ball. She can't help it that her name doesn't match her body.

When the toys see that it is snowing, they are excited.

"Why does it decide to snow?" asks Lumphy.

"Because the clouds are sad and happy at the same time," says StingRay. She is more poetic than factual.

"No, it's what rain becomes when the
As someone who has always considered winter and its white expanses of snow as my personal favourite of the four seasons, I was already (and even prior to reading) rather certain that I would likely rather massively enjoy and therefore more than just appreciate Emily Jenkins' (author) and Paul O. Zelinsky's (illustrator) Toys Meet Snow. And truly, I have in no way been disappointed as Toys Meet Snow presents a sweet and utterly, completely delightful marriage of text and images. And indeed I ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! This fabulous picture book works perfectly well as a stand alone; no need to have read the Toys trilogy. I love the distinct characters and roles. Lumpy the stuffed buffalo asks reasonable questions. StingRay the plush ocean animal (in a plastic bag to protect the fabric!) gives poetic answers. And Plastic, the rubber ball, provides exacting and scientific explanations. A great winter read aloud choice. While this is sure to be a Christmas gift hit, this is strictly a winter and snow ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it! I haven't read the other toy books (but now I want to!) and I still felt that I had a sense of the characters right away. They felt so *real* :-) I thought the diverse personalities were charming and realistic (sometimes it seems characters are made just to be foils of one another and it makes the story feel so empty as a whole). I thought their little adventures were so adorable and fun. Loved the humorous little touches (Sting-Ray is dry clean only!) Especially loved the ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reread for Children's Books group, Dec. 2016: I do like it even more after a reread, and after Jenny pointed out the pattern of Q, A1, A2. The book design supports that, which is special. And look at the snow angels the characters make!
(Rounded up from 3.5 stars.) Cute, and I love how even the book-learned pragmatic Plastic is inspired to poetry by the end of the day. A little bit 'instant classic' and of course it's ridiculous to claim that a sled would be forgotten at the *top* of
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
TOYS MEET SNOW is a magical story with lovely illustrations, and charming characters. This is a book that has a timeless feel to it, and one we absolutely loved reading. This is a picture book even the youngest of beginning readers will love. The adorable illustrations draw readers in, the characters are ones you wish you had in your playroom, and the dialogue is easy to understand and follow along with. Lumpy, StingRay and Plastic are characters readers, parents and educators are sure to fall ...more
Holly Mueller
This was such a sweet and entertaining story about 3 toys who decide to go out and explore the snow on a winter's day. I loved the character traits of each toy: Lumphy the stuffed buffalo always asks questions, StingRay the plush stingray is a poetic dreamer, and Plastic the rubber ball is pragmatic and factual. The illustrations add their own humorous interpretations of each toy's differences, and their adventures are wonderful. Eventually, Plastic sees the world a little more poetically. Loved ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved Zelinsky's illustrations! They not only depicted the text but went beyond it: The double-page spread where 5 panels show Buffalo trying to open the door, and the text merely states "And so, with no small amount of effort..." Terrific! I, too, loved the juxtaposition of Stingray's poetic view of things, and Plastic's scientific view. And the final painting is so sweet, where Buffalo is drawing pictures of their adventures that day.

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When I first heard of this, and saw the cover, I couldn’t imagine how such a combination of toys and going out into the snow would be entertaining, but it is so much more than that. It is a small moment in time of an adventure with these three toys, poetic, funny, and sweet. In the midst of their snow-play, the day slowly disappears, and they call the sunset, a ‘strawberry syrup sun’. The illustrations glow with happy action, full-page pictures that add the action to the spare text.
Laura Leonard
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The character I love from The Toys Go Out make their picture book debut. The beautiful language from the poetic stingray, and blunt dialogue from Plastic, the ball are a wonderful contrast. Gorgeous illustrations by Zelinsky.
I found this book utterly adorable. The illustrations are highly appealing. It definitely gets into the mind of a child. It's very imaginative. What I really loved about it was the vocabulary. One character was very curious, asking about the snow and where it comes from. The other two characters would answer the questions, but very differently. One would answer them in an imaginative poetic way, while the other would answer in a logical, scientific manner. I thought this was a great way of ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun story of toys wanting to experience winter! Little kids are going to enjoy it! All the "Toy" stories by Emily Jenkins are fun!
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This picture book features the same lovable characters from the series, but is in a much shorter format that makes it more accessible for younger children. The narrative is simple and the digitally-rendered illustrations are cartoonish and quite humorous.

Still, I'm just not that enamored with this series. The characters are cute, but I have no special attachment to them. I planned to read more of the books in this series, but not likely any time soon.

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OMG if I could give this ten stars, I would!

Back in college, our mascot was the Bison. So senior year, my then-boyfriend-now-husband bought a stuffed bison, whom we named Bailey and who has been a dear companion ever since. Soon after, I bought a stuffed elephant I named Edie, and when I was I grad school taking a web design class, Bailey and Edie starred in their own website chronicling their adventures. My mother at the time said we should turn it into a children's book! Apparently we should
Almost irresistible, this tale of how three toys find their way out into the snow is charming and poignant in many respects. The three toys--a stuffed buffalo called Lumphy, a plush stingray named StingRay, and a rubber ball, called, oddly Plastic--are charming because of how distinct their personalities are. Because the little girl who plays with them is gone on vacation, they head out into the snow and have a marvelous day building a snowman, making snow angels, and enjoying their freedom. ...more
Sara Grochowski
The premise of the Toy books by Jenkins and Zelinsky sound a bit... odd. Three friends - a stuffed buffalo, a plush stingray, and a rubber ball - embarking on adventures. But odd is often charming, a premise which is definitely true with these books. In this newest picture book offering, the three friends set out for the snowy outdoors while the Little Girl is away on winter vacation. Lumphy the Buffalo has many questions about snow; his curiosity drives the story. StingRay has many beautiful ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture_books
While their Little Girl is away on a vacation, three special toys venture outside to experience (and enjoy!) snow for the very first time. Toys Meet Snow is a sweet picture book that stars the charming cast from the author's beloved chapter books (Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home). Each toy has a distinctive and delightful personality; combined with expressive illustrations, this is the perfect read for wintry afternoons.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
TOYS MEET SNOW is wonderful. In addition to the lovely illustrations the book is very lyrical. Each of the characters has its role. Lumphy, the stuffed buffalo, asks all the questions, Stingray, a plush stingray, has a beautifully poetic way of describing things, and Plastic, the red rubber ball, has all the practical answers, she's read books. Don't miss out on this adorable friendship adventure story.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: snow
Toys go out to explore the snow, while their owner is away on winter vacation. Poetical sting ray and factual ball answer Lumphy's questions. 10/17/15

This went over really well in Story Time (Mostly toddler) The combination of toys and snow after our blizzard seemed to keep everyone's attention.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winter
Three friends venture out one day to discover just what snow is. One is curious, one is metaphorical, and one is practical. (I love the parts of the pictures that show Stingray's explanations of the world).
Jillian Heise
Such a delightful picture book! Loved the illustrations and the story. I especially love Sting Ray's whimsical poetic way of sewing the world. And pragmatic Plastic ball crackdown me up. These three toys are sweet friends and they make a charming story.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love stingray's poetic voice.
Coach D
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
We read this in the afternoon, and then the next morning we woke up and there was snow outside! Now we're going to the library to look for books about unicorns, BB-8, and large piles of money.
Barb Middleton
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three animals come alive. One asks questions, the other answers poetically, and the third is factual. Beautiful illustrations that capture the fun after it snows.
Benji Martin
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one is going to make a great Decemberish read aloud.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I've read the chapter book Toys Go Out and this picture book would be a great companion to the chapter books! Such a sweet book!
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulously beautiful illustrations, characters wonderfully developed in such a few number of words. I love StingRay!
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marcie by: Broomfield new books
I loved it and can see it being used prior to having kids write their own metaphors in poetry units. I also love love love the illustrations.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jp-st-winter, 2016-jp
Super cute art. Fun different type of story. Would be fun to do with voices for ST.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Jenkins is the author of many books for children, including the recent picture books Tiger and Badger, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, and Princessland, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. Her chapter books include the Toys series, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; she is co-author of the Upside-down Magic series. Emily Jenkins lives in New York City.

Other books in the series

Toys Trilogy (3 books)
  • Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic (Toys #1)
  • Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic  (Toys, #2)
  • Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic (Toys, #3)