Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story
David A. Johnson
Houghton Mifflin, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
he sounds of snow and winter echo across the pages in this expertly illustrated picture book.
hen the book opens, the only sounds are that of sleep: a snore, a purr, and a hush all over the neighborhood. In the morning, a snowstorm has arrived, and soon, the sounds of snow removal can be heard: the '
swoosh slush slush smoosh
' and the '
crash crush clank
' of the salt trucks; the '
chug chug whoosh
' of the snow blower; and eventually, the '
jingle clink clinky jingly
' of the school bus's arrival.
hat sets this book apart is the caliber of the artwork. The hushed dusty blue tones and the muted white snowflakes are a visual delight. Johnson has truly captured the tranquility, beauty, and, yes, warmth, of a snowy day.
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