A Big Bed for Little Snow

by Grace Lin

In spite of his mommy’s warnings, Little Snow can’t resist jumping on... read more

In spite of his mommy’s warnings, Little Snow can’t resist jumping on his big new feather bed. Set against stark white pages, Little Snow’s new feather bed looks like a big, fluffy, light blue storm cloud, while his light-blue-and-white snowflake pajamas also subtly suggest that this character may be a larger-than- life force of nature. But the visual Big Reveal leaves no doubt when the story’s perspective suddenly changes to show Little Snow’s “feathers” falling on city apartments down below his cloud/bed. Like Lin’s companion book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, there is a folkloric feel to this story, but Little Snow, who appears Asian, looks and acts like a mischievous real-world little boy, albeit one who lives in the sky and has been the cause of snowfalls all winter long. (Little Star is one of the diverse children who appears in the apartment windows.) The text’s simplicity combined with the clean complexity of the illustrations are a pleasing blend that allows young children the pleasure of figuring out the story. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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