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The snow child
Ziefert, Harriet.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
An elderly couple who long for a child build a snow child which comes to life and makes them very happy--until the coming of spring when the days become too warm for her to stay.
General Note:
"A Viking easy-to-read classic."
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Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 51927.
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An old man and an old woman want a child, so they make a little girl out of snow. When the old woman kisses the little girl, she comes to life! They are all very happy until the warm weather comes, and the snow child has to go. But when the snow returns, it brings a wonderful surprise.

Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-2. Drawing elements from many traditional stories, Ziefert weaves together a folktale written and designed for beginning readers. As in the "Gingerbread Boy," an older couple longing for children creates a magical child, this time from snow instead of dough. All winter, the couple loves their snow child, but when the warm weather comes, she disappears. The couple mourns her loss but rejoices again when the magical girl returns with the next winter. Told with simple vocabulary and sentences even the earliest readers can puzzle out, the story is nicely complimented by Julia Zanes' folksy watercolor collages, which reinforce rather than overwhelm the text. A lovely offering from Puffin's Easy-to-Read series. --Gillian EngbergReference Books Bulletin

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Ziefert has retold a pleasant Russian folktale in simple language and short sentences suitable for beginning readers. An old couple who "wanted a little boy or a little girl very much" build one out of snow. When the old lady kisses the snow child, she comes to life, bringing joy to all around her. However, when spring comes, the snow child is forced to go where it is cold. The sad couple feel they will never be happy again, until winter arrives once more and the youngster returns. The book is illustrated with exquisite collages-autumnal browns and oranges give way to wintry whites and blues-with visual clues that make the entire reading experience a pleasurable one. An appealing addition to easy-reader shelves.-Anne Knicker- bocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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