Thursday, December 10, 2020

Review - Ten Ways to Hear Snow

Ten Ways to Hear Snow

by Cathy Camper
illustrated by Kenard Pak
Date: 2020
Publisher: Kokila
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

A snowy day, a trip to Grandma's, time spent cooking with one another, and space to pause and discover the world around you come together in this perfect book for reading and sharing on a cozy winter day.

One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It's the sound of snow -- the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother's house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed. With stunning illustrations by Kenard Pak and thoughtful representation of a modern Arab American family from Cathy Camper, Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a layered exploration of mindfulness, empathy, and what we realize when the world gets quiet.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a lovely picture book that evokes the stillness of a snowy day.

After a blizzard, Lina notices that the world seems quiet. But as she makes her way to her grandmother's place, she realizes that there are all sorts of different ways to hear snow: the sound of boots crunching, the sound of a snowball hitting her, the sound of mittens dripping as they hang on the radiator to dry. She comes up with nine on her own, and with the help of Sitti, makes it an even ten.

The story is lovely, featuring a modern Arab-American family. Lina enjoys making stuffed grape leaves with Sitti, and one of her first thoughts after seeing the blizzard is wanting to know if her grandmother is okay.

I'd recommend this book to those looking for strong picture books about family, traditions, winter weather, and mindfulness.

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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