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The Snow Globe Family by [Jane O'Connor, S. D. Schindler]

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PreSchool-Grade 1–Old-fashioned illustrations, the appeal of dolls, and glitter on the cover cannot save this marginal effort that lacks both tension and logic. On the mantle of a Victorian family's home stands a snow globe. Inside it is another Victorian-looking, although doll-like, family. All they want is for someone to shake the globe so they can have a blizzard. But no one notices them, except Baby. One day, during a storm, the live family goes out to play, leaving the baby and her mother behind. The child climbs up to the mantle, takes down the object that captures her attention, and causes a blizzard inside. Then Mama decides that the snow is too wonderful to miss and takes Baby outside. Both families enjoy the elements, and the snow globe is returned to the mantle, but now the cat is creeping up on it…. The text is simple and somewhat disconnected, and the art, while attractive, will have limited appeal. The odd premise and lack of real excitement are unlikely to capture a young audience.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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In parallel winter worlds, two families dream of a beautiful batch of fresh snow. The members of one family enjoy tea in the snug parlor of their Victorian home. On their mantle sits a snow globe, inside of which a miniature family gathers in a tiny sitting room of its own. Then a swirling snowstorm hits the human world, and the family head outdoors with sleds--all except Baby, who piles pillows to reach the snow globe and topples it, sending a blizzard through the miniature world--much to the delight of the tiny family, who also goes sledding. The story is slight, and children may have trouble distinguishing between the visually similar big and little families. Still, kids will like the notion of a tiny, unseen world within our own, and Schindler's nostalgic, detailed illustrations extend the story's playful humor and create an appealing contrast between the cozy interiors and the bracing thrills of sparkling snow drifts. This isn't a necessary purchase, but it makes a solid choice for a snowy story hour. Gillian Engberg
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01KUDR4N2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 7, 2006)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 7, 2006
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 95863 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
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Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. Fancy Nancy was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow.

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