This is my final Perfect Picture Book of the year and I want to wish you all a peaceful festive season, whether your snow or beach bound! Bonnes Fêtes!
Title: Hoot and Peep, A Song For Snow
Author & Illustrator: Lita Judge
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017
Themes: winter, owls, first snowfall, nature’s songs, siblings
This is Peep’s first winter and her older brother, Hoot, tells her he senses the first snowfall in the air. Peep wants to know what snow’s song is, “Does it scrinkle scrattle like falling leaves?” But because he’s only a year older, Hoot doesn’t remember but assures her its coming. Peep’s impatient and starts to doubt her brother but then it arrives, and they celebrate and welcome this wintry gift from nature, learning firsthand what Snow’s song is.
Why I like this book:
I loved these two owls in their first book and am so happy to see a sequel. I also, of course, appreciate the Parisian rooftop setting once again. These are characters with so much heart and love for life, as well as a sensitivity to the songs that nature sings. Rather than just wanting to experience the temperature or texture of snow, they want to know its song. Doesn’t that make your own heart sing. The magic that children (and some adults still) feel about the first snow of the season is captured in the lyrical text and sublime urban night-scapes in watercolor that Lita paints with such skill. The story sings to the reader willing to hear.
Ideally I would try and save this for the first snow of the year as the timing would be squeal-worthy, then you can all don your winter togs and dash outside to listen for yourselves. Afterwards, back in the toasty warm of kitchen or classroom, children can paint their own snow songs!
Don’t miss this interview I did with Lita a couple of years ago.
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