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KidLit Review | Snow Day! A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms – C.A. Nobens [#ChildrensBookTuesday]

snow day!Snow Day! A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms
by C.A. Nobens
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: KidLit | Stories in Verse
Pages: 48
Grade Level: 3-4
Source: Author in Exchange for Honest Review
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Reviewed by Megan

Full of winter fun, Snow Day! is a picture book to delight young children and the adults reading it, as well as being a story carried along from poem to poem like a chapter book that will engage and entertain primary and middle school readers. Plus, it’s a wonderful poetry forms learning tool! An index and guide to each poem form’s meter, rhyme, and theme follows the story. Some forms are simple enough that kids will be able to try writing them, right away. More complex forms introduce the concept of writing poetry as a great brain game!

Cheery, evocative, poignant, and hilarious by page-turns. C.A. Nobens’ illustrations perfectly capture the magic of a snow day.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a poetry buff. Nowhere near. But C.A. Nobens takes crafty little poems and turns them into a snow adventure!

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Photo credit: C.A. Nobens | Snow Day! review copy

I couldn’t tell you anything about the different types of poems or verses, but reading them was an entertaining experience. And I loved how textured everything looked. Snow can be the hardest thing to illustrate because it’s just white, but this book gives it texture.

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Photo credit: C.A. Nobens | Snow Day! review copy

I also loved how the family images showed just a hint of chaos. So many snow books that the kids and I read make families look like these perfect, unchaotic, blissful anomalies. Anyone who has kids will vouch for the touch of chaos that surrounds every snow day. The kids just want to get outside and a mitten gets forgotten here, a boot falls off in the snow, the dog jumps into a snow drift that turns out to be eight feet deep instead of two! And this book shows that. I absolutely loved it! And reading it with the kids, they saw that, too. It sparked a lengthy conversation about our own snow adventures 🙂

I think this book is a great addition to any library, whether you’re a child just learning to read or an adult that wants to dip their toes into the world of poetry. Best read on a cold winter day with a cup of hot cocoa and a fuzzy blanket (or, as a companion to air conditioning on a 90 degree day in the Upper Midwest!)

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About the Author

C.A. (Cheryl Ann) Nobens was born in northern Minnesota. A winter baby, she grew up loving all of its fun and magic and beauty. After graduating from Hibbing High School, she went on to earn a BA in illustration and Graphic Design from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

She published her first children’s book in 1979, and has been working professionally in the field of children’s literature and educational publishing ever since. She is a mere snowball’s throw away from having contributed to one hundred books, bringing humor and heart to both story and pictures.

C.A. works as a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer from a studio in her century-old house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where she lives with her family and two cats. On the coldest of days, she is outside merrily shoveling the sidewalk, making snow angels in her backyard, walking in Oak Hill Park, or lying in the snow beneath her maple trees to watch the window blowing branches around overhead. This makes her very happy.

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This book was a refreshing change as we climbed into the 90s over Father’s Day weekend. We loved reading about the fluffy white stuff in the middle of a heat wave. How about you? Do you read winter-themed books in the summer? What’s your favorite picture book about snow? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading! (If you’re here for #ChildrensBookTuesday, go ahead and leave your links in the comments below! We’d love to check out some of your favorites!)

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