|Blizzard by John Rocco |
After the record-setting-bad winter in the greater Boston area, summer's almost here. It's a good time for a look back at great picture books about snow.
Drawing on his own experiences, John Rocco (Caldecott Honoree for Blackout) recounts the story of the great & horrible Blizzard of 1978, which stranded motorists, shut down schools, and pretty much paralyzed the Northeast. Rocco was a kid in Rhode Island, and his book follows a kid’s travels through and over the massive drifts. It's like Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, only much more active.
|Terrible Storm (Greenwillow, 2006)|
Terrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst with illustrations by S. D. Schindler goes way back in time to the history-making blizzard of 1888, which walloped New York City and New England.
A pair of old-timers reminisce and recount their adventures in hilly Massachusetts during that amazing storm. This story mixes subtle amounts of gentle humor with masses of snow.
|Big Snow by Jonathan Bean |
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013)
Finally, Jonathan Bean's Big Snow gets at the best part of a snowstorm: the delicious feeling of anticipation. A boy awaits the first flakes, helps his mom clean house, and then drifts into sleep.
The dream sequence Bean creates--with mom struggling to vacuum up drifts of snow--is great.
When the boy wakes to find real mountains of white stuff, at last, it's hard not to share in his delight.