by Komako Sakai

illustrated by Komako Sakai

Summary

School Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ PreS-K— A five-year-old (rabbit) awakes one morning to discover that there will be no school, no daddy flying home today, and no going out outside—until the snow stops. Sakai clearly understands the predicament of being cooped up in an urban high rise: trying to stay entertained with games, constantly gazing out the window, being lured by the balcony. Her subdued palette and minimalist text suggest the blanketed sound produced by a heavy snowfall. Window-shaped frames with tight cropping contain the energy in the interior scenes; most exterior compositions bleed off the page—oh marvelous freedom! The layers of paint are applied to a black ground with a combination of wet and dry brushes, producing a convincing depth and texture; the darkness is a perfect foil for the cottony bright snowflakes. While the mother may appear overprotective about her bunny’s health, she does relent when the snow stops, even though it is bedtime, and the pair enjoys a nocturnal adventure. The protagonist narrates in the first person; thus, the sentences are appropriately concise, yet with lovely rhythms and interesting details. (He ultimately makes snowballs and snow dumplings.) Atmospheric, tender, full of anticipation and satisfaction, this one will charm young children. In Leonid Gore’s Danny’s First Snow (S & S, 2007), a young rabbit, possessed of an active imagination, is encountering white creatures at every turn. Used together, the two books provide contrasting emotional and visual experiences of a universally beloved phenomenon (at least by young rabbits/children).—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library –Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed December 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 12, p101)

Awards:

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice – Books for Youth – Young Readers Category: 2009
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books: 2009
  • Oprah’s Kids’ Reading Lists – New Releases: 3-to-5 Years

Topics

Ages 0-8, Animals, Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten