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Title:
Sugar white snow and evergreens : a winter wonderland of color
Author:
Chernesky, Felicia Sanzari.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"Verses follow a family as they visit a maple-sugaring farm and notice a variety of colors in their surroundings"--
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 173672.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780807572344
Format :
Book

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Summary

Maple-sugaring season is the perfect time to visit a local farm! As a family takes a sleigh ride, they see a bright red cardinal, a snowman with an orange carrot nose, and they learn how tasty amber maple syrup is made. After a morning full of color, they share pancakes and maple syrup in the farmhouse! Felicia Sanzari Chernesky's cheerful, vibrant verses are accompanied by Susan Swan's gorgeous collage art.


Author Notes

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She has an MFA in poetry from Western State Colorado University and currently lives in New Jersey, with her husband, kids, cat, and poetry books. Susan Swan is the illustrator of many books for children. She lives in Texas


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Booklist Review

The dead of winter might not seem the most likely avenue forexploring color, but, set against the white snow and gray skies, winter's paletteis vibrant and alive. A family heads toa sugar-maple farm one cold, snowy morning to see the harvest and watch sap boilinto sugar. Throughout the day, they encountersmall but brilliant flashes of color everywhere they look, from the orangecarrot of a snowman's nose to the pink cheeks of their friends playing in thecold. Chernesky clearly sees the world with an artist's eye, focusingon small details with an excitement children will recognize. Although the rhymes don't always flow smoothly, the overall narrative is paced well and reflects the simple wonder of exploringnature, and boldface color words on each spread help emphasize the hue in focus. Swan's digital-collage illustrations are heavilylayered and textured, and the spreads featuring warm colors areespecially successful. Gold tones all but glow after following several pages ofsilver and gray, and the final landscape, which includes every color, is a rich, lively symphony.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Following the format of Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvesting of Shapes (2013) and Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting (2014, both Albert Whitman), Chernesky again smoothly blends concepts, in this case colors, into a continuing series about a nuclear family. Here, they venture outdoors on a cold winter morning, without breakfast, to travel to Mr. Sweet's Famous Sugar Maple Farm. After joining neighbors and friends in a good natured snowball fight, the foursome traverses glittery white snow, leaving behind blue sleigh tracks. Arriving at the farm, the children spot silver pails collecting sweet sap and see boiling sap in the sugar shack. At the end of their journey, a farmhouse meal of rainbow colored foods, including pancakes and syrup, awaits the family. Written in easy rhyme, the mellow text pairs well with Swan's realistic artwork, which places the story in a lovely winter setting, reinforcing the color concepts in her indoor and outdoor scenes. The steely gray sky is mirrored in the family's morning clothing. Yellows bring warmth to the cold winter day. A red cardinal pops against a snowy landscape. Human faces seem stiff in comparison to the softer landscapes, animals, and carrot nose snowman. Names of different colors are printed in their respective colors, setting the words apart from the otherwise black text. This cordial story of a family spending quality time together is a decent choice for curricular use in lessons about winter, farms, or colors and will fit nicely into collections already including Chernesky and Swan's other seasonal concept books.-Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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