Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow by Cynthia Rylant illustrated by Lauren Stringer

 Just in case anyone didn't hear enough about snow and snowstorms this past weekend, let's talk some more about it. 

Although in Cynthia Rylant's little world, snow is much nicer than something that knocks out your power and gives you an hour or so of back breaking work. 

Cynthia Rylant is a big deal in children's literature. She has written oodles of books. Books that have won oodles of awards. (Several anyway.) With over 100 books published, she might be the most prolific children's author at the moment. 

She has a very poetical writing style. Seriously, my heart hurts ever so gently at these words. There is a recognition; yes! That is exactly what it feels like. 

Although, the picture illustrating those words looks like a little freezing cold ghost child is waiting for you to wake up. But that is the first and last time I will say anything against the illustrator. 


"Home is where you need to be and this snow will take you there."  

Look at all those sweet, excited faces!

Oh the excitement! the joy! of going home early. 

I know, I know. I went a little overboard with the pictures. But, so cozy!

Rylant spent several years living with her grandparents when she was a little girl, and the illustrations seem to reflect that granddaughter grandmother relationship. 

I love these girls!

The pink glow of sunset. 
And again, these words and the picture are heartbreakingly beautiful.

Things that are green are sleeping and waiting. It is the snow's turn now. 

This book is so utterly marvelous.
 I requested this copy from the library, but it is a must buy.

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