With two previous Caldecott Honor Book Awards for his own books (“Dawn” in 1974 and “The Treasure” in 1978) under his belt and another for illustrating Arthur Ransome’s “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship”, there is no room for doubting the talent held by illustrator Uri Shulevitz. Another one of his phenomenal picture books, another Caldecott Award, this time for “Snow”. In it, Shulevitz creates an entertaining and absorbing visual story for the delight of children well outside the intended age range of 2 to 4. Childrens books only work when they can fully engage the child, drawing them into another world and “Snow” accomplishes that goal in spades (or perhaps I should say shovels).
A young boy spies a single snowflake and celebrates what must certainly be the onset of a big storm. Despite being told by everyone that he is wrong, the boy still believes that he is right. In the end, everyone from the big woman with the little umbrella to the tall man with the ever taller hat are all proven to be incorrect as Shulevitz’ incredible pen , ink and watercolor world becomes a blur of white. All predictions to the contrary were wrong and the snow blankets the entire city much to the delight of the young boy and his dog.
“Snow” successfully delivers a light hearted and joyful message of childhood imagination and hope with sparse text and wonderful renderings by a multi-talented illustrator and artist. You may find yourself as excited as your children, all too ready to jump and rejoice that the fluffy white stuff has finally come!