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Gerber, Carole.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Whispering Coyote, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A raging winter storm contrasts with the cozy atmosphere of a young boy's home.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 51656.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Wrapped in a quilt, a young boy watches from a window as a blizzard covers the earth in a blanket of snow. Told from the child's perspective, Blizzard contrasts the coziness of home with the wildness of nature.

Author Notes

Carole Gerber is the author of many books for children, including LEAF JUMPERS, WINTER TREES, and ARCTIC DREAMS. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. Using short, rhyming phrases, a little boy contrasts the wintry weather outside with the cozy comforts he's enjoying indoors: "Outside, the snow is piling up. / Inside hot cocoa fills my cup. / Outside, the snow surrounds a tree. / Inside, a soft quilt covers me." Finally, he suits up for the cold, goes outside to make an angel in the snow, then back indoors to go to bed. Children will enjoy the short, rhyming phrases, which create familiar, concrete images. Husted reflects this sense of contrast in her colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, using warm colors for the interior scenes and cooler hues for the snowscapes. Accessible to very young children, yet still satisfying to older ones, this appealing picture book will be a good choice for reading aloud for story hours with a winter theme. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Told from a child's perspective, this simple, rhyming story contrasts the coldness of winter with the comfort of being snug and warm inside. The quality of the text varies. In some instances it reads well: "Outside, I see it's gray and white/A snowy blanket wraps the night." Other sections are trite: "Outside, the snow surrounds a tree/Inside, a soft quilt covers me." Eventually the storm subsides, and he bundles up to play outside before curling up in his bed for the night. Watercolor-and-pencil illustrations complement the narrative, but in some cases the boy is stiffly drawn. The art shows the swirling wind, and the sky appears cold and gray as snow piles up outside. Inside looks "warm and bright" and a cozy orange-and-yellow glow surrounds the boy as he sips cocoa by the fire. An additional purchase.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.