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Perfect Snow

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Barbara Reid delivers her most perfect story yet!

A perfect snow has fallen, and first-grader Scott and fourth-grader Jim have been daydreaming the morning away, making plans, doodling sketches of snowmen and snow forts, all in anticipation of recess and the endless possiblities of this perfect snow.

Barbara Reid uses her signature Plasticine style and blends it for the first time with ink wash panels to create a unique mixed media masterpiece. Drawing inspiration from the schoolyard of her own Toronto childhood and the ones she visits today, she manages to create authentic images to which readers of all ages will relate.

Perfect Snow is a timeless Canadian tale that will beautifully enhance any snowy day!

About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


Barbara Reid's profile page


  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Keystone to Reading Elementary Award Master List
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education - Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, CBA Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Perfect Snow:

Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2010Shortlist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2010Shortlist, CBA Libris Picture Book of the Year, 2010Shortlist, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2011CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2010Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2009

"Inventive, modern visual storytelling . . . spectacular" —Horn Book

"Reid's trademark Plasticine artwork gives wonderful depth and texture to the pages, while the details she includes are impressive . . . a great choice, no matter what the season." —Kirkus

"Reid has again touched the apex of creativity with her signature Plasticine illustrations . . . One can practically hear the screams of delight emanating from the pages!" —Canadian Children's Book News

"It's always impressive how Reid manages to animate her characters so vividly in an unusual medium . . . It makes readers want to hurry out into the snow, or — better yet — get some Plasticine and start shaping it themselves." —Quill & Quire

Librarian Reviews

Perfect Snow

In Perfect Snow, two neighbours – Scott and Jim – are ecstatic when they wake to discover the ground covered in white. At school they barely keep their minds on their work. Scott doodles snowmen and Jim dreams of creating a “totally massive, indestructible Snow Fortress of Doom.” The recess bell finally rings and both rush to the playground to begin their projects. Scott repeatedly attempts to construct the “World’s Greatest Snowman” but falls short. Jim quickly learns that building an indestructible fort has its challenges, particularly when other students raid his snow. It is only when Scott and Jim agree to work together that they achieve their goals. Their teamwork galvanizes an army of students to assist them. Much jubilation erupts when the last snowball is put into place. “The World’s Greatest Totally Massive Snowman Fort” is a masterpiece, capturing a place in school lore!

Barbara Reid knows children well. Her respect for them is always present , accompanied by a keen sense of observation and a sprinkle of humour. One can feel the unbearable excitement as the children wait for the recess bell. And when it rings.... “Kids swarmed the snow like ants on a dropped ice cream cone.” The quest to build something wonderful is masterfully described in a few brief sentences.

Reid has again touched the apex of creativity with her signature Plasticine illustrations. She also explores another medium in this publication – with ink and watercolour panels effectively interspersed throughout the story, each set of panels escalating to a scene created in Plasticine. As with all Reid’s books, photographer Ian Crysler skillfully captures the explosion of motion and colour in the artwork depicting the unbridled joy of children as they burst onto the schoolyard to begin their communion with snow. Our eyes are drawn to a myriad of snow angels, snow tasters, snow architects and snow smashers. One can practically hear the screams of delight emanating from the pages!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

Perfect Snow

At recess, the schoolyard is full of kids who are happy because it snowed the previous night. Scott is building snowmen. Jim is constructing the world’s largest snow fort. At lunchtime, they join forces to craft a perfect snow surprise. Reid’s watercolour-and-ink panels and famous Plasticine art round out this tale celebrating winter fun.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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