So Much Snow

Random House Studio. Oct. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593308202.
K-Gr 3–The flakes start to fall on a Monday, ushering in a week of accumulating snow. On subsequent days, different forest animals appear, along with the repeated refrain of “how high will it go?” Readers see a mouse, rabbit, fox, wolf, two leaping deer, and a bear, by Saturday, fall into a soft, deep pile. The lyrical language includes rhyme and alliteration, expressing both drama and the peace of a white-out. The fuzziness of the pictures in the first portion of the book beautifully matches the reduced visibility during a snowstorm. On Sunday the storm abates, and when the sun comes out on Monday, readers see a moose, followed by the earlier animals, all greeting the signs of spring. Illustrations perfectly capture the first captivating hints of green. Of course, spring is often a bit of a tease, and in true circle story fashion, winter isn’t quite over, and nature’s drama will begin again.
VERDICT A quiet story that paints a lovely scene and sets a mood with evocative illustrations and language.

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