The Boy Who Believed It Would Snow

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written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Ages 5 & up, 32 pages

Nobody believes a small boy when he continually states that it’s going to snow. The day begins grey and dirty, but soon there is the glimpse of one snowflake. A man with a tall hat and a woman with an umbrella state that it’s nothing and will soon melt. The radio and television mention no sign of snow. However, snow doesn’t watch television or listen to the radio. Snow is snow. Soon more snowflakes fall and turn the dreary grey skies into a white blanket that covers the town. Snow contains few words, but the illustrations make the story as the town becomes whiter. I saw this book as an optimistic young boy who believes in the magic of snow and a pessimistic town who only believe what they are told. Snowflakes keep coming and coming and coming, circling and swirling, spinning and twirling, dancing, playing, there, and there, floating, floating through the air; falling, falling everywhere. This book was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 1999.

5 thoughts on “The Boy Who Believed It Would Snow

    […] Caroline has spent the past few weeks reviewing holiday children’s books. Today’s post captured what (in my opinion) is the essence of this season – hope, belief and magic. […]

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    December 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I want it to snow!! I want to go sledding! This looks like a nice story 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      December 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I wish it would snow where I live too, but I only have wet rain at the moment. Who doesn’t love a fun snow day?! Thanks for your comment.

    mfearing said:
    December 30, 2011 at 10:05 am

    One of my all time favorite books. I look at it monthly, at least.

      Caroline responded:
      December 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Well, it does make you want to dream for things to happen and believe even though others say it’s not possible. Thanks for your comment.

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