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Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow

illustrated by Phoebe Gilman

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2002
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2002
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Jillian wakes up to a wonderful snowy day. Eagerly she puts on her sweater and snow pants, but uhoh . . . her hat's missing! Jillian's creativity saves the day. Soon she is off to play, wearing an amazing Martian hat. Jillian and her friends have a great time, creating an elaborate Martian landscape in the snow, building snow creatures and riding cosmic space sleds. But as they play, Jillian's scarf and mittens disappear. Finally, even the Martian hat is gone. How is Jillian ever going to explain to her mother that her scarf, hat and mittens are lost again . . . on Mars? Phoebe Gilman's wonderful rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations capture all the excitement of a day of play in the snow!

About the author

Pheobe Gilman was the beloved creator of the Jillian Jiggs series as well as the award-winning Something from Nothing, The Gypsy Princess, Pirate Pearl, Little Blue Ben, The Balloon Tree, and Grandma and the Pirates. She passed away in 2002.

Phoebe Gilman's profile page


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Short-listed, Tiny Torgi Print Braille Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)

Editorial Reviews

Phoebe Gilman not only knows a good story, she knows how to write it well and draw it superbly.? (Canadian Children's Literature)

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