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Snow party
Uniform Title:
Snow magic
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books ; [San Francisco] : Distributed in the U.S. by Chronicle Books, 2008.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 30 cm.
General Note:
Previously published in 1988 under title: Snow magic.
Added Author:
When the first snow of the year falls on the first day of winter, all the snow people have a snow party.


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If the first snow falls on the first day of winter, the snow men, snow women, and snow children come out for a special party. The festivities include food, dancing, singing, and some surprises! With breathtaking pastel illustrations and an understated, enchanting story, this is the perfect book for a snowy day . . . or to read while wishing for snow to fall.

Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

When the first snow of the year coincides with winter solstice, it's a magical convergence so powerful that snow people come from far and wide to celebrate. "Hooray for winter! Hooray for snow!" cheers the crowd in a lantern-lit forest clearing, and by the time the last page is turned, even kids in the Sunbelt will be cheering as well. In his picture book debut, Jones provides an emotional and fantasy counterpoint to the quiet intensity of Ziefert's (Who Said Moo?) reportorial text. Jones takes full advantage of the book's horizontal format, varying his perspectives and infusing his pictures with a sense of bustle and plenty of detail (note the snow chef carving blocks of ice). He confers individuality upon the members of the snow people community--quite an accomplishment considering that all his characters have facial features fashioned from coal and carrots, and three-snowball bodies. Jones also adds a soupAon of delicious eeriness: the chill in the air, the normally immobile characters' shared sense of purpose, the allure of communal ritual--all these things become palpable. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved