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What does it take to make snow music? A boy and a girl. Neighbors. A squirrel, rabbit, deer, and bird. Also neighbors. A dog. Lost and then found. And snow falling. Peth. And melting. Drip. And falling again. Peth. Peth. Peth. You can listen. You can also sing along.


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What does it take to make snow music? A boy and a girl. Neighbors. A squirrel, rabbit, deer, and bird. Also neighbors. A dog. Lost and then found. And snow falling. Peth. And melting. Drip. And falling again. Peth. Peth. Peth. You can listen. You can also sing along.

30 review for Snow Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I love, love, love the part when the boy is asked why when he catches up with his runaway dog he’s asked why he calls the dogs a good boy and he answers so he’ll be glad to come home: So many people scold dogs at the wrong time this might help stop that. By the time the boy found this dog if he’d been angry the dog would have had no idea why. This alone is enough for me to really like it and give it 4 stars. Otherwise, interesting illustrations and story, although the sounds didn’t really remind I love, love, love the part when the boy is asked why when he catches up with his runaway dog he’s asked why he calls the dogs a good boy and he answers so he’ll be glad to come home: So many people scold dogs at the wrong time this might help stop that. By the time the boy found this dog if he’d been angry the dog would have had no idea why. This alone is enough for me to really like it and give it 4 stars. Otherwise, interesting illustrations and story, although the sounds didn’t really remind me of snow as much as I think they were meant to do.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    The quiet HUSH of a snow-covered winter's morning is broken by all sorts of sounds as the search is on for escaped dogs, and acorns that were buried last winter. A nice reminder to look around and notice your surroundings - no matter the weather. The quiet HUSH of a snow-covered winter's morning is broken by all sorts of sounds as the search is on for escaped dogs, and acorns that were buried last winter. A nice reminder to look around and notice your surroundings - no matter the weather.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Ty

    This book was confusing to me. Book was about a kid that was trying to find his dog, that ran out as soon as he opened the door. With the child trying to find his dog, there were little other side scenes that the author wanted to portray. As I was reading, the text seemed to be all over the place, and I honestly had no idea what the story was suppose to be about. Page to page, it talked about other things, like there was little side stories to the main story. Showing a deer one time, then squirr This book was confusing to me. Book was about a kid that was trying to find his dog, that ran out as soon as he opened the door. With the child trying to find his dog, there were little other side scenes that the author wanted to portray. As I was reading, the text seemed to be all over the place, and I honestly had no idea what the story was suppose to be about. Page to page, it talked about other things, like there was little side stories to the main story. Showing a deer one time, then squirrel, and then a bird etc. I could not tell who was the main character reading this, until the 3rd time I read it. The illustrations was phenomenal though. Loved the artwork because that is actually what caught my attention to picking up this book. The illustrations was delicately done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    Most of the illustrations in the book are so beautiful. The story itself is a bit uneven. It starts with snow falling on a picture book town. Animals in the woods and children and dogs in their beds awaken to a world covered in white. The boy's dog runs out the door and it's time to go looking for him. In the next pages we see animals in the snow. I particularly like the page with the dog. Two sounds simultaneously occur - the huff, huff, huff of the dogs breath, and the jingle of its tags. A ca Most of the illustrations in the book are so beautiful. The story itself is a bit uneven. It starts with snow falling on a picture book town. Animals in the woods and children and dogs in their beds awaken to a world covered in white. The boy's dog runs out the door and it's time to go looking for him. In the next pages we see animals in the snow. I particularly like the page with the dog. Two sounds simultaneously occur - the huff, huff, huff of the dogs breath, and the jingle of its tags. A car and snow plow go by and there is supposed to be some music, but it seems a bit confusing. Soon the snow melts and another snowfall covers the world in white again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is one of those books that deserves a second or third look to truly appreciate and understand what is happening. It's a perfect example of the complexity of picture books and why they deserve to be used and examined in the classroom just as much as novels, short stories, and poetry. I love the music and rhythm of this book along with the sensory details and onomatopoeia. It's a book that makes me remember the beauty and quiet of snow rather than all the things I dread about it: the cold, th This is one of those books that deserves a second or third look to truly appreciate and understand what is happening. It's a perfect example of the complexity of picture books and why they deserve to be used and examined in the classroom just as much as novels, short stories, and poetry. I love the music and rhythm of this book along with the sensory details and onomatopoeia. It's a book that makes me remember the beauty and quiet of snow rather than all the things I dread about it: the cold, the slush, the corrosive salt on the roads. When reading a book like this, I forget about all those inconveniences and only see its beauty.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Kennett

    Honor book This story takes place in a snow globe, where a young boy opens the door to look at the snow and his dog runs out the door and disappears. As the boy follows to retrieve his pet, the story includes sound words for all the events that occur around him. (trucks, cars, music, snow crunching, etc.) This book is written in simple phrases and easy to understand concepts, which make it a good first reader for Kindergarteners and Frist Graders. It would also be a useful tool for teaching sound Honor book This story takes place in a snow globe, where a young boy opens the door to look at the snow and his dog runs out the door and disappears. As the boy follows to retrieve his pet, the story includes sound words for all the events that occur around him. (trucks, cars, music, snow crunching, etc.) This book is written in simple phrases and easy to understand concepts, which make it a good first reader for Kindergarteners and Frist Graders. It would also be a useful tool for teaching sound words, possibly for poetry lessons, in grades 1-3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hoskins

    This is definitely a good example of a picture book being like music. A nice, read-aloud it even has a part where you can sound like a car radio. Like a true picture book the words and pictures are married together. Excellent pacing of both words and illustrations. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and the illustrations look like Lynne Rae Perkins' home, which is in the state of Michigan. This is definitely a good example of a picture book being like music. A nice, read-aloud it even has a part where you can sound like a car radio. Like a true picture book the words and pictures are married together. Excellent pacing of both words and illustrations. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and the illustrations look like Lynne Rae Perkins' home, which is in the state of Michigan.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I agree with another reviewer who stated that while the illustrations in this book were simply beautiful, the story was uneven and all over the place enough to the point that I questioned where and what the author was actually doing with the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Getlan

    When it snows, it may feel silent. But in Snow Music, you realize that there is music all around when snow falls. It starts with the whispered sounds of snowfall, then shows the main character's dog running out, and the chase begins. But the elements of snowfall are all around during the search, surrounding the characters with music. In this picture book, the illustrations and text weave together beautifully to imbue the audience of the sensations and sounds of snow fall. The text moves through When it snows, it may feel silent. But in Snow Music, you realize that there is music all around when snow falls. It starts with the whispered sounds of snowfall, then shows the main character's dog running out, and the chase begins. But the elements of snowfall are all around during the search, surrounding the characters with music. In this picture book, the illustrations and text weave together beautifully to imbue the audience of the sensations and sounds of snow fall. The text moves through the page depending on what is written, with dialogue moving with the characters, placed near their positions on the page, and descriptions of the snow music spaced or flowing in accordance to its sound. The wonderful writing and illustrations give the reader a genuine experience of snowfall, bringing sound to a seemingly silent event. I would connect this book to A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. It would be very fun to compare and contrast the different portrayals of a snow day, exploring the similarities and differences in text and illustration. "Quick, and as quiet as a bunny on a road. Swift, and as silent as the shadow of a crow. Clouds crept in and started to snow."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    I liked the concept and imagining the various snows from a snowy day. Ages: 3 - 6 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. I liked the concept and imagining the various snows from a snowy day. Ages: 3 - 6 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Mack

    This is a story that is told in the form of a song. I used to read this in the daycare with my students because they loved rhyming stories or songs. It tells about how the elements and objects around a young boy contribute to the snow music. I gave the book 4 stars because it is great for read alouds to inhibit literary elements students will later use. I forgot another book I read that has the same concept, it was just a little better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Beautiful quiet picture book that I missed when it first came out. My Bookends partner, Cindy, asked me to check it out and I'm so glad she did! Truly perfect winter-in-Michigan book that celebrates the quiet symphony of a snow covered world. Beautiful quiet picture book that I missed when it first came out. My Bookends partner, Cindy, asked me to check it out and I'm so glad she did! Truly perfect winter-in-Michigan book that celebrates the quiet symphony of a snow covered world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    This is a very interesting, poetic book about snow. The illustrations are lovely, and the text is placed on pages in a unique, different way to add to the poetic feel. It’s a fairly quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    Sounds that animals and machines make in the snow. Lovely illustrations.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RWaggoner

    Neat pictures. Creative idea of putting on page the sounds of a snowfall. A little tricky for me to read aloud though (how do you pronounce “peth”?).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A bit odd but teaches kids there's music everywhere A bit odd but teaches kids there's music everywhere

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suebee

    Oh my word, this book was so disjointed. Returning to the library right away. I wanted to like it based on the gorgeous cover art, but reading it aloud to my 3 boys was grueling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The text is somewhat hard to follow, but the illustrations are incredible! Beautiful book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mellanie C

    This is a really pretty book with a cool premise.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Scheline

    I chose this book 📖 to read to a HeadStart group. It was not good. The little kids did not grasp the concept of the book. The colors were great but the story was not.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Anderson

    Beautiful illustrations... but, I didn't understand the purpose of the story. Too many subplots going on- missing dog, the music of snow, wild animals, melting snow, etc. Beautiful illustrations... but, I didn't understand the purpose of the story. Too many subplots going on- missing dog, the music of snow, wild animals, melting snow, etc.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    I didn't know they were in a snow globe the entire time. I didn't know! I didn't know they were in a snow globe the entire time. I didn't know!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Snow Day February 1, 2021

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    A delightful book of the sounds and music we experience of winter in a Central Albertan city!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    Snow Music is definitely different than any other picture book that I have come across. This particular picture book tells about the different sounds you can hear during a snow storm and after the snow has touched the ground and blanketed everything. It asks what a bird would sound like hopping around in the snow and even gives an example of what the first snow flakes falling from the sky might sound like when everyone whispers. There is also a small underlying story in the book that is surroun Snow Music is definitely different than any other picture book that I have come across. This particular picture book tells about the different sounds you can hear during a snow storm and after the snow has touched the ground and blanketed everything. It asks what a bird would sound like hopping around in the snow and even gives an example of what the first snow flakes falling from the sky might sound like when everyone whispers. There is also a small underlying story in the book that is surrounded by the other sounds. A boy in the book, who is hearing all of these different snow sounds, is looking for his dog who has bolted out of the door when he opened it. The young boy could be the main character of the story even though it does not contain any formal outline. This book strikes me as one to help teach sounds and music to a small classroom of children rather than give them an entertaining story. It is great in the way that you can get the class interacting with the story. There are parts in the book that it says to whisper or say certain words, and little children love interacting with something they are reading or being read to. The interactions could keep children more engaged. I thought the story was interesting but I was expecting more of a story when I picked it up. Perhaps over a second reading I would be able to like it more and understand better the elements that are occurring in the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    I borrowed this book from our local library today with the idea that it would be a nice book to read with our girls as they settled down for sleep. We'd just had a brief snowstorm and although the snow was already gone, we really enjoyed playing in the snow together for a few minutes in the morning. I was hoping to bring back some of the quiet and joy of waking up to a fresh blanket of white. This book encapsulates the sights and sounds of a snowy day. It's a novel concept and we loved the music I borrowed this book from our local library today with the idea that it would be a nice book to read with our girls as they settled down for sleep. We'd just had a brief snowstorm and although the snow was already gone, we really enjoyed playing in the snow together for a few minutes in the morning. I was hoping to bring back some of the quiet and joy of waking up to a fresh blanket of white. This book encapsulates the sights and sounds of a snowy day. It's a novel concept and we loved the musical composition of the winter scene. As other reviewers have mentioned, the narrative is a bit uneven, and while the loud scraping of a snow plow is appropriate, it's a bit jarring and doesn't fit in with the other soothing, quiet pages. I like that the book encourages children to participate in making the different noises, especially the whispering. Still, we loved the onomatopoeia and our girls loved the idea of the world making a music of its own. Our girls especially loved the page with the squirrel looking for his stash of nuts and the repetitive 'jingle huff' of the dog running. We liked the lyrical narrative and it was a good way to settle down and get ready to sleep. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan Boomgarden

    Snow Music is a story about a boy who is looking around the town for his dog and experiencing the different sound and noises of nature. This book does a great job of exploring the personalities of different animals- the wild scatter-brained squirrel, the calm, peaceful movements of deer and birds, the adventerous dog, and the quiet rabbit. This book is also great for experiencing music in everyday life. It mentions the sounds of the dogs heavy breathing and jinggling collar, the purring of a car Snow Music is a story about a boy who is looking around the town for his dog and experiencing the different sound and noises of nature. This book does a great job of exploring the personalities of different animals- the wild scatter-brained squirrel, the calm, peaceful movements of deer and birds, the adventerous dog, and the quiet rabbit. This book is also great for experiencing music in everyday life. It mentions the sounds of the dogs heavy breathing and jinggling collar, the purring of a cars engine and the muffled radio,the sound of the snowplow scraping against the road and sand falling out the back, and of course the wisper of the wind and leaves. This book is great at engaging the senses and really experiencing the words on the page.

  28. 5 out of 5

    RLL52013_Kaitlin Larson

    This is a realistic fiction picture book appropriate for the primary grades. It is the recipient of the Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award. It focuses on a girl, rabbit, deer, squirrel, a boy, and a dog's journey through a snowy winter wonderland. It is a fun read aloud with onomonopia of the different sounds of the characters traveling through the snow. It is great for classrooms because it is hard to focus on winter holidays with students of many different backgrounds so it focuses on the ele This is a realistic fiction picture book appropriate for the primary grades. It is the recipient of the Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award. It focuses on a girl, rabbit, deer, squirrel, a boy, and a dog's journey through a snowy winter wonderland. It is a fun read aloud with onomonopia of the different sounds of the characters traveling through the snow. It is great for classrooms because it is hard to focus on winter holidays with students of many different backgrounds so it focuses on the element of winter instead. The ink and watercolor illustrations are very beautifully done as well. It shows realistic situations in how animals move, sleep, and interact with one another. There is no element of magic or far fetched ideas that would place it in a fantasy genre.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Turrean

    The children enjoyed this one very much. We shared the book as a kind of choral reading, with children performing the parts of the speakers, and acting out the sounds the author gives for trucks passing by, the sound of the falling snow, or the sigh of the rising wind. The clever conceit throughout the book is that winter in this small town creates a kind of music, so Perkins has shown snowflakes as musical notes, and a "score" for the sounds made by a car passing by with its radio playing, a do The children enjoyed this one very much. We shared the book as a kind of choral reading, with children performing the parts of the speakers, and acting out the sounds the author gives for trucks passing by, the sound of the falling snow, or the sigh of the rising wind. The clever conceit throughout the book is that winter in this small town creates a kind of music, so Perkins has shown snowflakes as musical notes, and a "score" for the sounds made by a car passing by with its radio playing, a dog that has slipped its leash, or a salt truck barreling down the road. The illustrations are lovely, with a muted winter palette.This is a great book to read on a snowy day!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi

    This book is about the sounds that you can hear in the snow. A boy loses his dog and asks a friend to help look for him and as they’re looking they hear all these sounds. Cars, trucks, and animals make different sounds that they hear. They finally find the dog as the snow is melting, but clouds are rolling in bringing more snow. I thought this book was interesting. I think it might be hard for a younger child to follow, but the music and sound concepts that were incorporated were very clever. I This book is about the sounds that you can hear in the snow. A boy loses his dog and asks a friend to help look for him and as they’re looking they hear all these sounds. Cars, trucks, and animals make different sounds that they hear. They finally find the dog as the snow is melting, but clouds are rolling in bringing more snow. I thought this book was interesting. I think it might be hard for a younger child to follow, but the music and sound concepts that were incorporated were very clever. I liked how the music staff was transformed into truck tire tracks in the illustration. I would use this book to teach about sounds we can hear in the snow and why we hear those certain sounds.

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