When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school. Piling under warm blankets. Sipping hot chocolate in snowman mugs. Building a snow fort. Piling up a zillion snowballs inside. Sledding in the neighbor's field. In scene after snowy scene, from sunrise to sundown, a pair of siblings, with their father in tow, show how they would make the most of their day off. But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. As the family members pile into the car so they won't be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.
"Laminack generates the increasingly hopeful energy to a fever pitch... Gustavson creates a festive mood with his oil illustrations, so luxurious and ample they feel like bundles of winter clothing, topped with bright scarves." "The mostly two-page illustrations are rich in color, texture, perspective, and kinesthetic energy." "The illustrations, in muted oils, show the jubilant family anticipating the snow and the activities that they would undertake. The figures fill the pages giving a sense of intimacy, and the scenes are viewed from a variety of perspectives, adding to the excitement and chaos. Children (and parents) will identify with the strong wish for a day away from the routine, as well as the mad rush when things don't pan out."
For Ages: 5 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.3 x 25.0 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.46