Friday, April 12, 2013

Cold Snap

Whether you love it or abhor it, winter weather sure is holding
on, at least in Maine. I still can't put those coats and mittens out
in the shed. I was, of course, delighted to discover a wonderful,
humorous read aloud book: Eileen Spinelli's Cold Snap. Far better to
laugh than yell or cry!
In the town of Tobys Mills temperatures begin to plummet. At
first the kids have fun sledding and making snow angels. But the
chill begins to take its toll, particularly on adults who bombard the
municipal office with complaints. When the icicle on the tip of the
town founder's nose hits the ground, the citizens get an invitation to
a winter surprise. What could possibly be going on?
Illustrations convey vividly the frigidness of the climate and
the warmth of people's hearts and deeds. The language just begs for a
read aloud. The message, that community helps folks get through the
hardest of challenges, is timeless.
On a personal note, I sure hope that my daffodils, just rising out of
the ground, aren't snuffed by this latest round of snow.
A great big shout out goes out to my fellow weather weary New
Julia Emily Hathaway

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