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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play


by (author) Joan Clark

illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

translated by Catherine Ego

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2020
Imagination & Play, Weather
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


Snow falls all day, all week, all month! Sammy’s world is covered in snow. As he clambers up the mountains of snow, he imagines what might lie beneath — a black bear and her cubs, whales and seals, even elves mining rubies and emeralds! Finally, the weather turns warm and the snow begins to melt …

This simple but deliriously evocative book is a paean to that magical stuff that fills the winters of those who live in northern climates.

About the authors

Joan Clark is one of Canada's most distinguished writers. She was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, grew up in Sydney Mines and in Sussex, New Brunswick, and lived for twenty years in Alberta. There, she began her literary career as a children's author and, with Edna Alford, founded Dandelion, Alberta's first literary magazine. Since the mid-1980s, she has made her home in St. John's, Newfoundland. In 1991, Clark received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. In addition to Swimming Toward the Light, she is the author of three novels. The first, The Victory of Geraldine Gull, won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Eriksdotter was a fictional account of the voyage to Finland led by Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red. Her most recent novel, Latitudes of Melt, is a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada region, and is a recent nominee for the international IMPAC Award.

Joan Clark's profile page

Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the New York Times bestseller A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, and A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Hazel Hutchins. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Please visit her website at

Kady MacDonald Denton's profile page

Catherine Ego's profile page


  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College Children's Library Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award

Editorial Reviews

...this delicate fantasy will please many young snow fans.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The Clark-Denton take on the subject is such that most mortals - young or old - reading this book will long for the advent of winter.

Globe and Mail

The watercolour illustrations are beautiful and significantly enhance the story...An enchanting book by both an award-winning author and an award-winning illustrator.

Childhood Education Magazine

...a joyful collaboration that seems as effortless as falling snow...Kady MacDonald Denton packs tremendous energy and verve into her delightful and colourful illustrations.

Quill & Quire

...the author uses several wonderful turns of phrase which give this book a poetic feel and make it a pleasure to read aloud.

CM Magazine

...lyrical, imaginative and repetitive, full of fun and dreams.

Resource Links

Other titles by Joan Clark

Other titles by Kady MacDonald Denton