Snow Day!

Everyone loves a snow day! Award-winning author Lester Laminack provides a clever take on a familiar childhood wish. An unexpected twist is sure to surprise and delight young readers.  
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  • ISBN: 9781561454181-1
  • Publication date: 09/01/2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 11"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781561455539
  • Publication date: 10/01/2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 11"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Price:
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • Age Range: 4-8
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Description

Everyone loves a snow day! Award-winning author Lester Laminack provides a clever take on a familiar childhood wish. An unexpected twist is sure to surprise and delight young readers.

When the weatherman predicts a big snowfall, it’s hard not to imagine the fun-filled adventures of an unscheduled school holiday! You can build snowmen, go sledding, have snowball fights—the possibilities are endless. Except when the family wakes up that next morning, they find no snow! School is happening, and all their dreams of a winter wonderland are gone. But as the family piles into the car to head to school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.

Adam Gustavson’s expressive illustrations comically capture the excitement of pure possibility in author Lester Laminack’s thoroughly original tale.

Author/Illustrator

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Lester L. Laminack

Author

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.

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Adam Gustavson

Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

“The mostly two-page illustrations are rich in color, texture, perspective, and kinesthetic energy.” ―School Library Journal

“Laminack generates the increasingly hopeful energy to a fever pitch… Gustavson creates a festive mood with his oil illustrations, so luxurious and ample they feel like bundles of winter clothing, topped with bright scarves.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The illustrations, in muted oils, show the jubilant family anticipating the snow and the activities that they would undertake. The figures fill the pages giving a sense of intimacy, and the scenes are viewed from a variety of perspectives, adding to the excitement and chaos. Children (and parents) will identify with the strong wish for a day away from the routine, as well as the mad rush when things don’t pan out.” ―Booklist

Awards

CCBC Choices (Seasons and Celebrations) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2008

The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Wanda Gag Honor Book ―Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2008

 

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2008

Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Primary) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2010-2011

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2008

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―North Carolina Reading Association, 2009

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010

Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades K-3) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010

Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Primary) ―New York State Reading Association, 2010

More Details

AR Level: 1.8
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: 350L
Themes: Days Off, Expectation, School, Snow
BISAC 1: JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Weather
BISAC 2: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories