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I love the whimsical, mythical way in which Grace Lin links a little boy bouncing on his cloud-bed with the release of feathery snow from the skies. I'm always up for a good "pourquoi story," a fictional narrative that attempts to explain why something is the way it is, and Lin's are endearing.
I was first introduced to this author in "A Big Mooncake for Little Star"--which, like "A Big Bed for Little Snow" depicts a charming celestial child's small, repeated acts of disobedience as the reason behind some meteorological phenomonon. The waxing and waning of the moon in "A Big Mooncake for Little Star." The snowfall in "A Big Bed for Little Snow." Both of these books delightfully capture the imagination and are beautifully illustrated. But as they both employ the exact same narrative technique, I didn't find myself quite as enraptured as the first time I was introduced to it. Almost, but not quite. A lovely book, nonetheless, especially for snow lovers like myself, and one sure to become a seasonal favorite.
Sweet simple story to explain to young kids why it snows. The illustrations are very warm and soft and there are some nice closeups that you don't get too often in a children's book. The book flows easily and is quite humorous at times. This would be great as a bedtime story. Early readers will have no problem on their own. I can imagine, during winter when it snows, parents saying to their kids, "Uh-oh, Little Snow must be jumping on his bed!"
Grace Lin is a gifted author of children's literature that puts traditions and customs into cultural context, that is understandable for even very young children. The illustrations are engaging and support the understanding of the story.
Grace Lin does it again! This book put such a smile to my face and my almost 5 year old daughter’s face as I read the words. The writing and pictures are so playful and fun. Who wouldn’t love to jump on a big, fluffy, bouncy bed!
I absolutely loved Grace Lin’s Caldecott Honor book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, so I was thrilled to learn she created a companion book, A Big Bed for Little Snow, and it did not disappoint!
Little Snow is excited for his new bed made out of feathers and when Mama isn’t looking, he sneaks in a few lively jumps. With each bounce, the bed rips a little until feathers begin to trickle out. Observant readers will notice how his bed resembles a cloud and in a striking scene will delight in watching the feathers fall as snow on rooftops.
Grace Lin masterfully plays with white space and captures the sweetest emotions on her characters’ faces. This book is both charming and elegant and sure to be a popular read aloud for a winter-themed storytime or while cuddling up with a loved one during bedtime.