Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 8
"What is snow?" Araba, a Ghanaian child, asks her Canadian pen pal. The response unfolds as a letter in poetry, rich in lyricism and in what author Sheree Fitch would call "lipslipperiness." Janet Wilson's glowing pastel illustrations revel in all the sensory experiences, the color, associated with the cold white stuff. Through the asking and the telling, two children reach halfway around the world and touch one another.
About the authors
Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian childrenÕs literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy as it Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada.
Visit her at: shereefitch.com
Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.
- Short-listed, Pearson Canada Readers' Choice Award nominee
- Short-listed, Blue Spruce nominee
- Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award nominee
- Short-listed, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee
- Commended, CCBC Our Choice
"Fitch's poetry is full of dazzling images."
"The lyrical text...conjures up nostalgic sensual images of snowflakes."
"Most scenes are alive with actionespecially the tobogganers who almost zoom off the page straight into your lap."
"Award-winning oil painter Janet Wilson brings the text to life with brilliantly coloured snapshots of childhood winters."
"This book has a cozy, cuddle-on-the-couch quality."
"Children will recognize the similarities and connections between themselves and others and the differences that make each child and every culture unique."
Other titles by Sheree Fitch
There's a Mouse in My House
Polly MacCauley's Finest Divinest Wooliest Gift of All
There's a Mouse in My House
Sing in the Spring!
Sur la rue Tout-le-Monde
Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things
Atlantic Canadian Poetry and Verse for Children
Kisses Kisses, Baby-O!
Because We Love, We Cry
You Won't Always Be This Sad
A Book of Moments
Other titles by Janet Wilson
How Kids are Taking Action
In Flanders Fields
The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
How Kids Are Making a Difference
Severn and the Day She Silenced the World
How kids are changing the world
Shannen and the Dream for a School
How kids are saving the planet
True Stories of Young Activists