Friday, February 1, 2013

"Snow" by Cynthia Rylant

This picture book is a celebration of snow. The poetic language and creative illustrations bring out all that we LOVE about snow.

"The best snow is the snow that comes softly in the night, like a shy friend afraid to knock, so she thinks she'll just wait in the yard until you see her. This is the snow that brings you peace. And then there is the snow that begins to fall in fat, cheerful flakes while you are somewhere you'd rather not be. Maybe school. Maybe work. And this snow tells you, as it falls, that it will send you home early, don't worry. Home is where you need to be, and this snow will take you there."
There is one illustration that I took special note of - a child holding her grandmother's hand waving at friends near a snowman paired with the following wording:

"And the snow, while it is here, reminds us of this: that nothing lasts forever except memories."
Cynthia Rylant often uses older folk in her books in a very warm, wise and respectful way that I really appreciate.  I am thankful to have great memories of my grandparents and also great memories of sledding, watching those "fat, cheerful flakes" fall through a cold window pane, school closings, work closings, frozen fingers after throwing snowballs without mittens, and so many more.

This is a MUST read to cure any winter-time blues!

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