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Pages: 32
Themes: snow, penpals, winter, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2002
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"What is snow?" Araba, a Ghanaian child, asks her Canadian pen pal. The response unfolds as a letter in poetry, rich in lyricism and in what author Sheree Fitch would call "lipslipperiness." Janet Wilson's glowing pastel illustrations revel in all the sensory experiences, the color, associated with the cold white stuff. Through the asking and the telling, two children reach halfway around the world and touch one another.

UNICEF Communique - September 1, 2002
"Children will recognize the similarities and connections between themselves and others and the differences that make each child and every culture unique."
Booklist - March 1, 2002
"Fitch's poetry is full of dazzling images."
Rockcliffe Reviews - September 1, 2001
"Award-winning oil painter Janet Wilson brings the text to life with brilliantly coloured snapshots of childhood winters." "This book has a cozy, cuddle-on-the-couch quality."
Resource Links - September 1, 2001
"The lyrical text...conjures up nostalgic sensual images of snowflakes." "Most scenes are alive with actionespecially the tobogganers who almost zoom off the page straight into your lap."


CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
Blue Spruce nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
CCBC Our Choice  | 2002 | Commended
Pearson Canada Readers' Choice Award nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed

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