A quiet tale of poignant resilience.

CROW & SNOW

An unexpected love story.

A joyful scarecrow with arms stretched wide and a stitched-on smile longs to make friends. The field can get mighty lonely. But the only new visitor is a tractor, and the tractor always rushes by Crow without talking. One winter, the farmer’s children build a snowman, and suddenly Crow has a friend! Snow, a dumpy little fellow, and Crow stand side by side. “Will you be staying awhile?” Crow asks. “I’m not sure,” Snow replies. “Maybe.” Alas, in keeping with the transient nature of snowmen, Snow begins to melt. In a heartbreaking scene, the melted heap that is all that remains of Snow looks up from the ground. Luckily, winter comes around again, and Snow, while made from different snow and different features, is still Snow. Year after year, the pair’s bond grows. But when the farmer’s children get older, they stop playing in the snow, and Crow is left alone once again. When new children finally come, and Snow and Crow are reunited, Crow wonders “if he could say what he was feeling.” A strong wind suddenly blows Crow out of the ground and into Snow’s arms. Finally declaring their love for each other, they are right where they belong. (This book was reviewed digitally with 8.5-by-22-inch double-page spreads viewed at 34.1% of actual size.)

A quiet tale of poignant resilience. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5344-4595-6

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it.

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA

A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say “Dada” in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon.

A grumpy bull says, “DADA!”; his calf moos back. A sad-looking ram insists, “DADA!”; his lamb baas back. A duck, a bee, a dog, a rabbit, a cat, a mouse, a donkey, a pig, a frog, a rooster, and a horse all fail similarly, spread by spread. A final two-spread sequence finds all of the animals arrayed across the pages, dads on the verso and children on the recto. All the text prior to this point has been either iterations of “Dada” or animal sounds in dialogue bubbles; here, narrative text states, “Now everybody get in line, let’s say it together one more time….” Upon the turn of the page, the animal dads gaze round-eyed as their young across the gutter all cry, “DADA!” (except the duckling, who says, “quack”). Ordóñez's illustrations have a bland, digital look, compositions hardly varying with the characters, although the pastel-colored backgrounds change. The punch line fails from a design standpoint, as the sudden, single-bubble chorus of “DADA” appears to be emanating from background features rather than the baby animals’ mouths (only some of which, on close inspection, appear to be open). It also fails to be funny.

Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-00934-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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A TREE IS NICE

A nursery school approach to a general concept. "A tree is nice"- Why? Because..."We can climb the tree...play pirate ship...pick the apples...build playhouses out of the leaves. A tree is nice to hang a swing in...Birds build nests in trees... Sticks come off trees...People have picnics there too"...etc. etc. One follows the give and take of a shared succession of reactions to what a tree- or trees- can mean. There is a kind of poetic simplicity that is innate in small children. Marc Simont has made the pictures, half in full color, and they too have a childlike directness (with an underlying sophistication that adults will recognize). Not a book for everyone -but those who like it will like it immensely. The format (6 x 11) makes it a difficult book for shelving, so put it in the "clean hands" section of flat books. Here's your first book for Arbor Day use- a good spring and summer item.

Pub Date: June 15, 1956

ISBN: 978-0-06-443147-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1956

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