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Title:
Coming through the blizzard : A Christmas story
Author:
Spinelli, Eileen.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) color illustrations 26 cm
Summary:
Despite a blizzard, Christmas comes to a small church in unexpected ways.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 45237.
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ISBN:
9780689814907
Format :
Book

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Summary

One Christmas Eve not long ago it snowed. And snowed. And snowed. Who will come through the blizzard to the Christmas Eve service at the little blue church? The minister and the custodian, Tom Cat and a starling, and a little boy in his mother's arms. But something is still missing. Not until the last guest arrives will Christmas finally come.


Author Notes

Eileen Spinelli was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1942. After high school, she worked as a waitress at a local diner, a secretary, and answered phones at an airplane factory. She eventually became the author of children's books. Her picture books include Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, Do You have a Hat, While You are Away, When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Wanda's Monster, Here Comes the Year, A Big Boy Now, and Hug a Bug. She is also the author of several short novels including Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses, Lizzie Logan Gets Married, and Lizzie Logan, Second Banana. She received the Christopher Award for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. On a Christmas Eve "not long ago" it snowed. "And snowed. And snowed." The minister wondered who would turn up in the little blue church. The custodian came (on skis), the organist with her thermos of tea, and a mother with her small child. A starling and a tomcat and a moth came, too, and last came someone else--who brought Christmas. The simple language is lovely: the field mouse came "on tiny icicle toes"; "the moth from an organ pipe, "a wordless Hallelujah." The stylized geometry of Tylden-Wright's colored-pencil illustrations is enriched by fat gouache snowflakes that fall in profusion, and the pictures reflect myriad tones of blue, both icy and warm. In this Christmas tale for today, Spinelli makes the message of unalloyed welcome and unconditional acceptance ring as true as the bells at midnight. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


Publisher's Weekly Review

When a snowstorm blows into town, the narrator wonders who will come to the Christmas Eve service. The answer? Everyone! Donning scarves and skis, the congregationÄfurred and feathered, two-legged and four-leggedÄgathers at the little blue church. And when a shivering stranger in a tattered coat arrives (and is welcomed), it's truly Christmas. In a stylish debut, Tylden-Wright combines an up-to-the-minute use of perspectives and textures with the retro appeal of an old-fashioned Christmas card, blanketing the scenes from Spinelli's (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) rhythmic verse text in drifts of frosty white as light spills warmly from glowing candles and windowpanes. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-On Christmas Eve, as snow blankets his community, a minister waits and wonders who will make it to the evening service. The lyrical text describes the arrivals: "The starling came/on snowy wings across a starless sky./The starling came,/frosty and fuddled,/to huddle on a cushion in candle glow,/beneath a branch of the shining tree./The starling came." The bird is followed by the custodian, Tom Cat, a small boy in his mother's arms, a field mouse, the organist, a moth, and the soloist. The small blue church begins to fill up; however, it is not until the last guest, a stranger, arrives that Christmas comes. The colored-pencil illustrations highlighted in gouache supply warmth to the narrative and the brightness of the last spread brings a glow to the story. Soft and sweet, this title invites readers and listeners to ponder the true arrival of Christmas.-T.T. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.