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Snow ponies
Cotten, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Old Man Winter lets his snow ponies out of the barn, they run into the world, and everything that they touch turns white.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 149371.
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Magical ponies create the first snowfall of winter On a cold, gray day, Old Man Winter leads his snow ponies outside. "Are you ready?" he asks. Yes! Faster and faster the ponies gallop. Everything they touch turns white with snow as they bring winter to the forest and field. At last the ponies tire, and Old Man Winter settles them down for the night in their cozy barn. Outside, the world is covered with a soft white blanket. Winter has come at last. Simple, poetic text and evocative illustrations capture the magic of winter's first snowfall.

Author Notes

Cynthia Cotten has an MFA in writing for children from Norwich University. She lives in McMurray, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. This is her first book for children. Jason Cockroft has contributed illustrations to two books in America, but this is his first picture book. He lives and works in West Yorkshire, England.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A charming but slight tale about how snow spreads itself across the land. A herd of shaggy-maned, silvery-white, dappled ponies is released from the barn by a white-bearded, smiling Old Man Winter. As the animals frolic through the forests, fields, and roads, the ground turns white beneath their feet and snow swirls around them. The more wildly they play, the stormier it becomes. The other creatures-a fox, songbird, deer, and gray squirrel-shiver and search for shelter as they pass. Finally tiring, the ponies return to the barn where the old man watches them as they nod off to sleep and then stops outside to view the new winter landscape. The double-page, acrylic illustrations are awash in blue, gray, brown, and silver tones that create a haunting, magical atmosphere that allows the fanciful world to come alive. Bold paint strokes capture the sense of the swirling snow, and the ponies themselves will capture the hearts of horse lovers as they leap and rear and swish their tails along the way. The brief text is rich with descriptive phrases of their antics. This book could be used as a starting point for sparking students' imaginations about snow, and the illustrations will definitely attract young equine fans.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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