Saturday, December 15, 2018

Review - When the Snow Falls

When the Snow Falls
by Linda Booth Sweeney
illustrated by Jana Christy
Date: 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

A snow-day journey with Grandma highlights all of the beauty, magic, and fun of winter.

With sparkling flakes calling from outside, this sister and brother bundle up for an outdoor adventure with Grandma. In the hushed woods, they see and hear wildlife thriving under a new blanket of snow. In the bustle of town, they help their grateful Grandpa dig out. Then, it’s time to get sledding!

Snowy scenes capture the beauty of freshly fallen snow, and the lyrical verse delights in the magic of playing in the snow and the warm comfort of family.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book is hard for me to rate. I really liked the illustrations. But I didn't like the text. In fact, I don't even think the text is necessary; the pictures are strong enough to convey the story on their own, and this could've easily been a nice wordless picture book. Each page has a four-line rhyme about winter stuff. Some of the rhymes are a bit clunky. All are a bit too simple and not very interesting.

With different text (or even no text at all), I think I would've liked this one more. The illustrations are really cute, so that's where most of my enjoyment of the book came from.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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