Parents' Guide to

The Snowy Day

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Love and community central to holiday book adaptation.

Movie NR 2016 59 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 3+

age 2+

Community and joy

My 2.5 daughter loves the book, and her Peter stuffy, so when I told her there was a movie she was super interested. I cannot count the number of times she's watched it. (The art and music make it easier to be a parent who has seen it at least 3x a week for the past 6+ weeks). I love the neighborhood being diverse and friendly. At the end they all come together after a saucer accident results in the main party dish being destroyed. Peter is a sweet kid who loves to help and is excited for Christmas. There's some lessons of inclusion (letting the "little" kids play), inviting others to a party. And then a celebration of community helping each other.

Is It Any Good?

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With an accomplished voice cast and animation reminiscent of the original picture book, this interpretation takes viewers on a charming journey through Peter's neighborhood on a snowy winter's day. Building on a story that was one of few children's books to feature a Black central protagonist back in the 1960s, The Snowy Day introduces a diverse cast of characters into its city setting, highlighting the mix of cultures and faiths within Peter's community.

With the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Bassett, and Boyz II Men (who pop in as a capella singers on the street) among the voice cast, this simple and wholesome TV retelling has broad appeal. It's a gentle story with familiar stanzas from the book and warm themes about family, friends, and traditions to set the scene for the holidays.

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