FICTION

Some Snow Is.

Putnam. Nov. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399547546.
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PreS-Gr 1–The English language might not have as many words for snow as some other languages supposedly have, but this rhyming story does its best to tackle the amazing variety of the wintry precipitation nonetheless. Three young friends explore and celebrate as the seasons change from late autumn to early spring, watching the initial hesitant flakes of “First Snow” become sleet, then more heavy varieties (Fluff Snow, True Snow, Snowman Snow) suitable for making snow angels, forts, and snowballs. Eventually, even fun snow becomes tiresome, as the kids long for “no more snow” as their “bikes are whispering.” Offermann’s vivacious pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations brim with energy and movement, whether it’s the leaves blowing in the wind of the first snowfall, flying snowballs, or the three friends sailing over a hill on a sled.
VERDICT Though the repetition of “snow” in every three out of four lines gets somewhat monotonous, this is a charming seasonal story, especially for places that have lots of snow in winter.

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