Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Children’s Book Review–A Starlit Snowfall by Nancy Willard



  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316183660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316183666
  • Buy now at Amazon for only $6.99.


    "My cave is big enough for two!" a bear declares to a rabbit, inviting his small friend to share his den through the longest, coldest season. The rabbit readily accepts the bear's offer, but no sooner have the two curled up than the lively rabbit jumps up to wonder: Wouldn't it be better to be out in the crisp winter air, free to leap through the starlight and the sparkling snow?

    In this paperback reissue of a long out-of-print winter tale (originally titled A Starlit Somersault Downhill), Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney's rich watercolors create a cozy winter world that perfectly complements Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard's charming poetry.

    My Thoughts:

    The first thing that caught my eye when I received this book to review was the beautifully depicted rabbit on the front cover done in watercolor by famous children’s illustrator/artist, Jerry Pinkey.  Then, as quickly flipped through the pages before beginning to read the story, I was amazed at the additional watercolor illustrations included in this book.

    Then, I began to read the story to my daughter.  I loved the rhyming scheme of the story.  This easy-to-read and understand story flowed smoothly, and with the lovely watercolor illustrations, everything fit together great.  My daughter loved the illustrations, as she kept pointing to them and at times requesting for me to turn the page back, as she wanted to see the illustrations again.

    With the winter season fast approaching, and animals beginning to hibernate and fly to warmer locations, this book would be a great read at bedtime, or when cuddled up with cocoa under a warm blanket with you little ones.

    About the Author:

    NANCY WILLARD is an award-winning children's author, poet, and essayist who received the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She has written dozens of volumes of children's fiction and poetry, including The Flying Bed, Sweep Dreams, and Cinderella's Dress. She is also the author of two novels for adults, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and twelve books of poetry, including Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems. She lives with her husband, photographer Eric Lindbloom, and teaches at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

    About the Illustrator:

    JERRY PINKNEY is one of children's literature's most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children's books for over forty years and has more than seventy-five books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the Caldecott Medal winner for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and was nominated for the prestigious international Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.


    Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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