First Snow

by Bomi Park

A small girl wakes up in the night to the soft sound of falling snow. “Pit,... read more

A small girl wakes up in the night to the soft sound of falling snow. “Pit, pit, pit against the window. Glistening, floating in the night.” She puts on warm clothes, walks outside, and begins rolling the snow into a ball. She rolls the snowball out the yard, into the street, and through the darkened town. A speedy train passes as she goes “Fast Fast Fast.” Through a fallow field, through a friendly nighttime woods full of animals. Finally, she is moving “Slow Slow Slow” with her huge ball of snow, passing from the night into a bright, snow- white field full of children who are also rolling huge snowballs and making … snow figures! A magical, dreamlike story is told through a spare, lyrical text and stunning, textured, mostly black-and-white illustrations that are understated and exceptional. The art, which begins with nighttime black dominating, has occasional, subtle accents of other colors, and whimsical punctuations of bright red for the scarves, hats, and mittens on children and snow people. (Ages 2–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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