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Dancing Through the Snow

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Min has nothing. No mother. No birth certificate. Not even a real birthday. Now, after four different foster families, Min's not surprised when she's dumped back with Children's Aid the week before Christmas. Still, a small part of her can't help aching for a miracle... and now she has an injured dog that needs a miracle too.
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of my favorites books ever!!!!!!!!!! So amazing (loved it).About girl who gets adopt.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Laina SpareTime
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and stuff.

Okay, this is probably a little too perfect, but Jean Little's writing is so wonderful that it carries the book, and I'm just like, "Give me all the good things." It helps that it's set right around Christmas, too. While I'm reading this in May, and I have no idea when this will post, but I let a few things slide when it comes to Christmas stories.

It used some language that I wish would stop being put in
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is short and heartfelt, a good story for the holidays, and good enough for all ages to read. It also sheds light on the struggles foster children face in the system. I believe Min's struggles felt very realistic. Even when she acted out a bit, I still liked her as a character because I could understood why she would react that way.

A lot of the characters in the book are likable, especially Toby and Jess. Though at times Jess seemed almost psychic in the way she always understood how
Dancing through the snow was a very good book. It's about a girl named Min who is in foster care and this women named Jessica basically stole her from the foster center. Min spends her first Christmas with Jess and goes to cut down a Christmas tree when Min finds a dog. I recommend this book it made me want to keep reading it and never put it down.
Cathy Van
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Min, a lifelong foster child, looks at families wistfully. She protects herself from hurt by keeping distance. Just before Christmas, as Min's most recent foster mother is in the process of dumping her, Dr. Jess Hart swoops in to take Min home. Jean Little describes a child's pain so eloquently, and creates strong characters who find comfort, strength and beauty in a world of trouble.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I loved Jean Little’s books when I was a kid, and I still have them sitting on my bookshelf.

I didn’t like this one as much as the ones I read when I was a kid - and maybe that’s simply because I’m not a kid anymore.

Overall though this was a very cute little story. And Jean Little is a writer that you shouldn’t miss out on.
Sarah Thornton
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it, thought about it every time I had to put it down.
A little unrealistic in places, and left a lot unsaid. More developments were expected but shut down.
A feel-good story that hopefully explains a bit about how adopted children and children in the foster system feel.
Mina Martinsen
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
Loved this when I was younger. Must've read it at least five times throughout primary school!
Anna Aspetsberger
this was my first roman (10 years ago) and i still remember it! it was my favourite book for so long.
Jessica C.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"So far, Min reminded herself, you have loved nobody and nobody has loved you. You weren't even given up for adoption, you were just thrown away."

This is the story of Min, a girl who was abandoned as a child. She has been in the Foster Care program ever since, bouncing around to different families. Min has nothing. No real family, no birth certificate, few memories or anything else to give clues of where she actually came from. Through her life, Min has had to put up with bullies who make fun
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2014
Min was abandoned at the CNE at the age of 3. After being found and taken into child care, she had several foster families but in the end she was taken into the care of Jessica Hart some time before Christmas. While living there she spends time with Toby a 12 year old boy, Cassie her new dog and Emily, a lost dog Min had found. Min later takes on a new name, Jessamyn Randall which replaced her old name Minerva, which had caused her to be bullied plenty. Everything works out in the end, with an ...more
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Pooja vallam
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in sixth grade, I thought it was way too boring, and barely breezed through chapter one, but in seventh grade I decided to force myself to read beyond the barrier that held me back for so long. Turns out right after reading the first chapter a magical world filled with surprises infected me and I didn't need to force myself, once I got infected I WANTED to read it and felt like a coward for not reading it before.
This book taught me an important lesson NOT to judge a book by it's
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read dancing through the snow by jean little I didn't really like this book that much it didn't have me hooked onto it that well. It's about a little girl named min who was adopted she didn't have a birth certificate. One day they were looking for a tree and they found a lost injured dog. They took it to the vet and it became better and they got to keep it after it became better. One of Jess friends mins mother is friends with someone who's dog they found so they had in give it back. The birth ...more
Maggie Huang
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read it: the summary was really interesting
Why I finished: the book got more and more interesting
Who I recommend to: rose 7C
Why: I think she will really enjoy these kinds of book

When min saved Grace, I got really into the book. I never knew Grace would be a bug part of the story

Min was sent to The Children's Aid. She had nothing. She was adopted 4 times before she was dumped back to The Children's Aid a short while before Christmas. She can't stop aching for a miracle to happen. She's
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 5th - 8th
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Susan  Dunn
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
A girl who has moved from foster home to foster home is being brought back again, and this time just before Christmas. A small town doctor recognizes herself in the girl, and on the spur of the moment decides to take her home. Min has learned never to trust any adults, but Jess seems different. Will this placement be the one that sticks? Would be great paired with Gilly Hopkins and Hollis Woods.
Lindsay Sanderson
I didn't really enjoy this book. At all. Maybe it was because it was forcing myself to read it in French class for a French book report. Or maybe it's because it kinda sucked. It wasn't heartwarming to me and I didn't find it touching at the least. All I saw it as was words and broken story printed in paper. If this book was a song, it would be tuneless, out of time and half the band would be four measure behind.
This is a wonderful story. It is told in the third person, but you are as close to Min's experiences as if she is telling you herself. Girls, in particular, will find a friend in Min and an engaging story. Throughout the book, the reader discovers other children's books about kids in foster care and adoption. See why we love this book in the Reading Tub review.
Ms. Scolaro
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned when she was 3, Min is passed from one foster home to another. She has no birth certificate, no identification and no history. She copes with all this by not allowing anyone to get close to her. All that changes when she is brought to live with Dr. Jess who, with the help of a rescued dog, helps her understand that someone can love and accept her for who she is. A feel good story.
For middle-grade readers, a fairly good inspiring book. Young adults, however, might find it lacking in verve and zest. I thought it was a touching, hopeful and purposeful story about a twelve year old foster child and a wonderful little dog she rescues....and in turn helps rescues her from despair.
Nov 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Jean Little was one of my absolute favorite authors as a child, so I had high hopes for this, her first middle-grade novel in a while. It was a decent story about a foster child who, with the help of people and pets, learns to trust, but it was no The Great Gilly Hopkins. A good-enough read, especially for girls in 4th-7th grades.
Wells Margo
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very sweet, but I had to give it 4 stars because Min was really annoying at times. Sometimes she could be bratty too, like when she didn't want to go to school and yelled at her foster mom. For a girl who "never cried" she sure cried and/or "held back tears" a lot. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book and I loved the ending.
Elisha Baker
My 11 yr old daughter got this book from the library and loved it. I read it and thought it was a cute, admittedly simplified, story. While the ending was a nice neat package the characters were likeable and the story was a fun read.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
this is a sweet book, a little sentimental at times, but real-feeling too. At times i felt there was a little too much happening, but i suspect i probably would've been ok with that when i was younger (like the age this is aimed at:P).
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean Little has a knack for beginning her books in the Syd-Fieldian "crunch," from which point everything gets better. I've never read anyone else who can do that--at least, no one else who can do that and make it work quite as well as she does.
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Not quite as good as "Willow and Twig" - that's my favourite Jean Little book by far - but still excellent. The only part I didn't quite understand was how the two main characters "found" each other - it seemed to easy. But other than that, very enjoyable!
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first review on here, so I'll keep it short. I don't remember when I first read this book, but I was pretty young, and I can say that I absolutely loved it! It's a sweet Christmas story that will warm your heart. I don't know how many times I re-read it as well.
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Jean Little is a Canadian author, born in Taiwan. Her work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog.
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