When I lived on the east coast, I always thought January was so much colder than December – or maybe it was just that the fun of the holidays was over and January just seemed like a darker time. In any event, January seems like the right time to give away a couple of books called The Snowy Day and A Silly Snowy Day.
Here is what Amazon has to say about The Snowy Dayby Ezra Jack Keats:
The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats’s illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures–experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats’s gentle tribute.
The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was “the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero”–yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It’s as unique and special as a snowflake.
The recommended age range is 4 through 8. About A Silly Snowy Day,Amazon says:
When a tortoise named Shelley decides she wants to stay awake and see what winter is like instead of hibernating with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tortoise say, “Ridiculous!” Shelley is determined though, and sets out to explore the snow and the cold. As she travels from the duck pond to the hilltop, she finds the other animals agree with her parents – a tortoise out in winter is ridiculous. And so Shelley decides to return home – and gets there much quicker than a tortoise can normally travel! Playful artwork perfectly sets the tone in this lighthearted story.
I have one paper back copy of The Snowy Day and A Silly Snowy Day to give to one lucky CFO reader.
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The giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, January 15, 2010, and is open to U.S. residents only.
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