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A Starlit Snowfall [Paperback]

Nancy Willard , Jerry Pinkney

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Book Description

Nov. 7 2011
"My cave is big enough for two!" a bear declares to a rabbit, inviting his small friend to share his den through the longest, coldest season. The rabbit readily accepts the bear's offer, but no sooner have the two curled up than the lively rabbit jumps up to wonder: Wouldn't it be better to be out in the crisp winter air, free to leap through the starlight and the sparkling snow?

In this paperback reissue of a long out-of-print winter tale (originally titled A Starlit Somersault Downhill), Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney's rich watercolors create a cozy winter world that perfectly complements Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard's charming poetry.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Nov. 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316183660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316183666
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lavish full-spread watercolors... bristle with energy even as they suggest the restlessness youngsters may experience in the deep of night, wide awake and alone. Publisher's Weekly Pinkney's watercolors are lusciously tactile, the monumental, somnolent bear wedged into generous double spreads while his ever-alert friend springs from clover to stream and almost off the page on a marvelous final foldout spread. Delectable. Kirkus Reviews Graceful in both picture and word, this creates a mood that transcends the intricacies of the text. Booklist

About the Author

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at jerrypinkneystudio.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT BLEND OF ART AND POETRY. IT REALLY DOES NOT GET MUCH BETTER! Nov. 5 2011
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It does not happen often enough, but every so often the publishing industry does something that absolutely pleases me. Anyone who has read my reviews will know that I spend much time and use much ink in lamenting the loss of great old children's books; you know; those you remember as a kid but can now only find on the bottom shelf on use book stores and estate auctions. We are loosing so much so quickly. We are loosing timeless and quality works.

Anyway, we have a reissue from back in the late 1970s here. This one was first published as "A Starlit Sumersault Downhill," an unfortunate title in my opinion and I often times have wondered `what were they thinking." Well all this has been corrected and a wonderful work is again available. This makes me happy.

Between the writer, Nancy Willard and the Artist, Jerry Pinkney these two have won just about every children's book award available; many several times. These two simply do not turn out bad stuff folks.

This is the story of a rabbit and a bear. Winter is coming, the "hawk is flying," and the bear tries to talk the rabbit into sleeping the cold season away together in the bear's nice warm den.

Now adults enjoy art and adults enjoy poetry and adults enjoy when the two forms are blended together to make something quite different that the two parts standing alone. Both are beautiful, both fulfilling but when you put them in the same mixing bowl...well, you get something very special.

"My cave's so warm, my fur so deep,
no storm shall stir us out of sleep.
And I have made a rustling bed
of moss and marsh grass, newly dead.

Rabbit is tempted; hey, it is a great offer. But rabbits have got to be rabbits and bears have got to be bears. All creatures, we humans included, must follow our nature; we are all individuals.

"The rabbit sighed. `How ripe and sweet
this patch of clover by my feet!
The fields are broad, the hills are wide,
A pity we should stay inside.'"

I absolutely love the mellow rhyme of the author's gentle poem. It is soothing; it is profound.

And as to the art work of Jerry Pinkney...well, if I could handle watercolors the way this man can, I would die a happy man! Truth!

This entire reissue is an absolute delight to the eye and ear. It is a perfect bedtime story and a perfect story for a stormy winter day by the fire. Do your kid and yourself a favor and treat yourselves to this one.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Nancy Willard! Nov. 19 2013
By GK - Published on Amazon.com
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It's Nancy Willard. What more can I say. What a brilliantly wonderful imagination and sense of wonder without the sappiness. A wise mind informs this and all of Nancy's books. Her adult books; her poetry. Read it All!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered it for My 3 Year Old Grandson March 26 2014
By LITTLEONEINCT - Published on Amazon.com
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And and he loves it! As a former kindergarten teacher, mom, grandmother and now nanny I would highly recommend this book. The illustrations are lovely and the story will hold a child's attention.
5.0 out of 5 stars A birthday gift. Nov. 4 2013
By Dad - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a gift for my grand children. My daughter wrote that she received it and loved it. Nice book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens book lover May 24 2013
By GL - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my neice and nephews. I love the way the story paints the picture of the snowy season for several animals. The beautiful language just flows off your tongue. The science is correctly and beautifully illustrated. This is a story I will never tire of reading. It leaves the child thinking about just what is happening when they look out the window on a snowy night. This would be a very good book for the teacher in the classroom to use to teach the seasons or just about animals.

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