Gr. 1, younger for reading aloud. "I saw a snowball on a hill. / It rolled along and picked up Bill." As it rolls, it picks up a few more children, too, including the one who's telling the story. Okay, it might not sound
funny, but with Pidgeon's pictures contrasting the idyllic, winter-wonderland contentment of anyone in the snowball's path with their astonishment, perplexity, or rage seconds later, this book would work even without the words. With the rhyming text, though, kids have the satisfaction of a story that's predictable in the best sense. When words still look like a foreign code, it's mighty reassuring to know what's coming and be in on the joke. This is one beginning reader that children will want to reread and even show their friends. Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong
knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.
Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in
creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.
Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.
For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her website at www.jennifer-armstrong.com
, or read her blog at www.jennifer-armstrong.blogspot.com
.From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.