Reviews for Winter Is for Snow

Booklist Reviews 2013 November #1
Siblings often disagree, but how can anyone not love winter? A brother tries to convince his grumpy sister to put down her electronic device and head outside to celebrate the glories of the season. Delicate snowflakes flutter down as children sled, skate, build snowmen, and ski, and the boy wants to be a part of it. Although his sister pleads, Please, just let me be! the boy refuses and, smiling, helps her into her snow boots and parka. The girl's look of alarm grows as he takes her on an imaginary dogsled ride over Arctic ice (complete with a grinning polar bear) and to the Antarctic, where penguins humorously march up and down frosty peaks in formation. Slowly, a smile forms on her face, and she begins to enjoy the delights of a day in the park, and a double-page spread depicts her joyfully running through the snow and shouting, Winter is for SNOW! Neubecker's signature style and brightly colored illustrations are, as always, child-centered and detailed. A rhyming, rollicking salute to the coldest season. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
A boy delights at seeing snow outside his window ("Winter is for SNOW!"); his sister doesn't ("Winter! I say No"). Readers may not care that the book's rhymes aren't always thrilling; they'll enjoy the story's two facets: the siblings explore their increasingly snowy environment, simply but sensitively rendered by Neubecker, and the boy ultimately convinces his sister of the element's wonder.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 September #1
A paean to wintertime and especially its snowy weather, this picture book fails to match the achievement of the many others that deal with this popular theme. The child pictured in the jacket art is an unabashed lover of all things winter, and in rhyming text, he extols the season's virtues to his curmudgeonly younger sister. Her responses (also rhyming) resist his enthusiastic praise of snowball fights, skating and the beauty of snowflakes "glittering like diamond dust." Since the book ends up being about her eventual, grudging warming up to wintertime, it's curious that she doesn't appear on the cover, and her change of heart seems rather abrupt, reading; "Winter is for all these things? / Is it really so? / Winter might not be so bad. // Winter is for SNOW!" Such pat lines are par for the course in the text, which isn't so much a story as it is a list. Illustrations show greater achievement, particularly in scenes depicting many characters milling about a snowy city landscape, evoking an animationlike flair. Another snowy day book, but not special enough to recall Keats' masterpiece. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 September #2

A boy works hard to persuade his younger sister that winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year in a story that suggests that Neubecker is also the type to enjoy bundling up and heading outdoors when the temperature drops. The siblings alternately narrate in color-coded verse, amplifying the story's performative potential: "Winter is for excellent!/ Come out and play with me!" shouts the boy. "Winter is to stay inside./ Please just let me be!" is his sister's response. Neubecker's snow- laden illustrations are crammed with activity while also revealing a certain emotional thawing that culminates in the girl catching not a snowflake, but a tiny heart on her tongue. Ages 3-5. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 September

PreS-Gr 2--Twosiblings hold decidedly different opinions on winter and snow in this simple, rhythmic paean to a city snowfall. Big brother wakes up gleefully to the fluffy white stuff piling up outside their apartment window: "Winter is for wonderful!/Winter is for snow!" But younger sister frowningly responds, "Winter is for cold and damp./It must be ten below!" And so goes their droll verbal point/counterpoint, reflected in fonts of different colors, as Sis reluctantly turns off her media devices and bundles up for their trudge to the local sledding hill. Along the way, Brother envisions the adventurous worlds of polar ice and snow that lie beyond their doorstep, and his sister slowly has a change of heart, ultimately tasting flakes and sledding with gusto. Back home enjoying hot chocolate and a cozy fire with Mom, she is a smiling convert to the joys of the season. The rhyming text, while slight, will hold children's attention as they pore over the appealing illustrative details, rendered in black line and bold color. Snowflake patterns, suffusing nearly every page, underscore the blanketing snowfall and create a cohesive visual motif. Equally suitable for a lapsit or group read-aloud, this title is a worthy purchase for collections needing additional winter-themed materials.--Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

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