KidLit: Snow Day
Right about now there are folks in the Midwest and Northeast who are not only wondering what to do with all this snow, but what to do with these kids. After all, kids have a lot of energy, and when they don’t expend it running around, it comes out as noise. Lots of noise.
In her book, Snow Day, Pamela Greenhalgh Hamilton, shares the story of three children who have a day off due to snow and are lucky enough to spend it with their grandparents. Apparently, there’s no cable TV or Wii or Netbooks, but Grandma and Grandpa are clever enough to entertain the children with what’s at hand—snow.
Bobbi Switzer’s bright, full-page illustrations portray the fun waiting outside in all that fluffy, white stuff, and the fun that can be had when everyone's had enough. The three children—Tessa, Molly, and Jake—are kept busy, and far-from-bored with a grandma and grandpa who engage them in snowball fights, sledding, and snowman-building. They even get to fill Grandpa’s bird feeders. Everyone catches snowflakes on their tongues, and much to the grandparents’ delight, the children wear themselves out making snow angels.
Once everyone is chilled to the bone, they head inside for cookie-making and hot chocolate. While the cookies bake, everyone joins in to create a book that tells the story of their snow day. Then it’s hot chocolate and quiet time, as they reflect back on the day, they never once mention not having electronic entertainment, but instead conclude, “Snow days are fun.”
Snow Day is fine for anyday reading, but especially fun to pull out and read on snowy days. Besides reminding the reader of traditional snow-time activities, it’s a joyful look at making the most of a situation, and creatively spending time together. Tessa, Molly, and Jake are lucky enough to have the grandparents we all deserve, and their day together in and out of the snow is a day to remember.