We Want Snow

A Wintry Chant

In this raucous, rhyming plea for snow, a group of youngsters imagines the cold-weather delights they'll enjoy once winter arrives. From sledding down hills and skating on ponds to building snow forts and snowmen to sharing crackling fires and mugs of hot cocoa, they want snow and plenty of it! The snow can't arrive soon enough. But once the flakes start to fall, are the youngsters in for more than they bargained for? Readers young and old will enjoy this celebration of winter's snowy activities, recalling past pleasures and imagining future ones.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile AD330L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level J
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110755), PDF (9781534192379), Hosted ebook (9781534192492)
Copyright 2021
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations

Booklist Reviews - We Want Snow! A Wintry Chant

On a chilly day, three children and a dog romp through a city park, calling for snow in a loud, rhythmic chant with this occasional refrain: “Snow! Snow! We want snow! / Up to our ankles. Up to our shins / Up to our knees / Up to our chins!” The kids long for sledding, snow forts, and hot cocoa. “But there’s not a flake / Not a flake / Not a flip-flop flake”—until snow begins to fall. After playing in the snow for a while, the cold, wet children take up a new chant: “Spring! Spring! We want spring!” Swenson captures wintry delights in a rousing, buoyant text. While the lines of the verses have four beats, the short lines in the refrain have two, which varies the cadence for brief intervals before returning to the basic rhythm. Boon’s engaging illustrations feature rounded forms, a pleasing palette, and a diverse trio of energetic children at play. An excellent seasonal choice as fall turns to winter, this picture book is good fun for reading aloud.

Kirkus Review - We Want Snow! A Wintry Chant

A trio of children describe the delights of winter…all they need is snow. A brown-skinned child with close-cropped black hair joins two tights-clad children in long coats, one with olive skin and black braids, the other with pink skin and reddish hair, on a fallen log in a park outside their apartment building. The glum chums are bemoaning the lack of snow: “Snow! Snow! We want snow! / Up to our ankles / Up to our shins / Up to our knees / Up to our chins!” The trio then go on to enumerate all the fun of wintertime play, both outdoors (sledding, snowmen, ice skating, snowballs) and in- (cocoa, a cozy fire, comforters on a bed, stories). The pictures on these pages show the three enjoying time together, with the added magic of some friendly wildlife and fanciful background details that include a castle and an igloo. Back on the log, faces even longer and unneeded winter gear strewn about, the three are startled by sudden flakes. They have snow up to their ankles, shins, knees, and chin (their dachshund’s, at least)! But now: “Snow in our hats / Snow in our hair / Snow in our socks and underwear!” And so the chant for spring begins, the rear copyright page hinting at a possible sequel. Though the meter isn’t consistent, the repeated chorus is catchy, and everyone reading this will recognize kids’ fickle attitudes toward the weather and seasons.

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Author: Jamie A. Swenson

Jamie A. Swenson is a children’s book writer as well as a librarian, and loves snow and winter. She lives in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Illustrator: Emilie Boon

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