Mary Quattlebaum & Hiroe Nakata
Doubleday, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
is a pleasure to read, and to tell others about. The jacket cover is precious, its rosy cheeked youngsters dressed in winter warmth and joyful expressions. A boy pulls a sled, his friend and her small snowman riding with delight. Mary Quattlebaum tells a tale of winter fun in rhythmic rhymes. Hiroe Nakata's flowing watercolors of images and movement are some of the best illustrations I have ever seen. Plus - for a true-to-life memory, Nakata's girl subject wears a hat
just like the one
that was knitted for the illustrator by her mother (including a
t begins '
After the Storm
' - '
Here comes the plow, / crowding the snow, / breaking the hush / like a clock alarm / that just won't shush / BRRR.
' Following verse titles include '
My Mama's Whistle
', and '
Lost and Found
' - '
Mitten, mitten, / dropped in snow, / who will I find? / Which way should I go?
' One that caught my fancy is '
' - '
Ghost horse, / all wispy mane / and misty tail / and hooves so fleet and fine - / you rise / silently / before my eyes.
' Coupled with '
', it creates the perfect snowy weather memory for me - '
ting tong / That long / instrument / glittering / under / the eaves / keeps / losing / ping / keys. / plip plop / They drop / softly ... Each / note/rings / clear / ting / fingered / by wind
' is a must, as is building a snowman doll for Baby Jo, who is '
bundled fat / as a polar bear
'. (Hey! that could be me, even though I'm long past the baby stage.) '
' is specially typeset with words set at a slant, complemented by an illustration of youngsters sledding down a slanted slope. Oops! one boy just lost his hat to the wind. And to end the day, '
Recipe for a Party
' - hot steaming cocoa for all your friends. Can you tell I like this book? I sure do and recommend Quattlebaum and Nakata as a fine team offering splendid text and vivid illustrations. Do you have your sled ready? The snowfall is not too far off.
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