The Snow Day

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
The Snow Day Book Poster Image
Amazing artwork captures snow's wintry magic.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence & Scariness
Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the writer and illustrator of this book began her career as a textile designer, and her snowy scenes in this book truly show off her talent. Her previous book, Emily's Balloon, was named an ALA Notable Children's Book.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

When a snow storm hits the city, the kindergarten bunny spends the day at home waiting it out with his mom as school closes down and his dad's flight is canceled.

Is it any good?

This is a beautiful book with remarkable illustrations and a sensitively told story sure to charm young kids and their parents. That the main characters are rabbits seems a little strange, but it works, and in a strange way adds to the tenderness of the tale. The minimal text says just enough to move the story forward yet still not detract from the magic of the artwork that captures not only the look of a snowy day, but also its sounds and feelings. In fact, much more is said by the pictures of this story than the words themselves.

Dabs of white falling over a beige world that is highlighted here and there by deeper brown, grey, and blue tones makes the world seem silent, and cold. Then, the subtle use of yellow in the bunny's pajamas, his vest, his galoshes, and the curtains of his house gives a definite feeling of excitement to each scene, the kind a kid would feel on a day like this. And, readers also will understand why the snowy silence makes the little rabbit feels "all alone" in the world, even if they have never lived where snow days are a common occurrence. All will appreciate the dreamy wonder that comes with looking out on a day filled with snow fall, and the magical fairy tale kind of world it creates.

The magic of the artwork that captures not only the look of a snowy day, but also its sounds and feelings. In fact, much more is said by the pictures of this story than the words themselves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the snowy day and the mix of feelings they might feel when they are kept indoors by a storm. Families who haven't had the experience of seeing snow can imagine what it would be like to have a "snow day." How did the little kindergartner feel when he heard he could not go to school that day? What was the first thing he did? What else got canceled? The bunny felt he and his mom were all alone in the world. Why do you think he felt that way?

Book details

Our editors recommend

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate