Parents' Guide to

The Snowy Day

By Esther Ehrlich, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Really funny but super edgy

age 2+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

THE SNOWY DAY challenges the assumption that more is better, inviting you and your kids into a world of slow, easy pleasures. Ezra Keats is remarkable in his ability to create a calming yet vibrant story, striking this balance gracefully in pictures and in text. His artwork is spare yet the pictures burst with brilliant color and expression. In many of the pictures, Peter lacks facial features except his eyes, but Keats manages, with the angle of his head and the composition, to convey feeling.

The text, similarly economical, is made up of just enough words to tell the story -- none of them too hard for a young reader to sound out or for a young listener to understand -- and they are vivid words used powerfully, often rhyming or repeating. The result is that kids (and parents too!) can settle into Peter's snowy world. A bonus in this sparkling story is the African-American main character -- an all-too-rare occurrence, still, in children's literature.

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