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Snow Music
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow, 2004

The text sings, the illustrations dance. Or is it the other way around? Perkins has a delightful ear for the sounds of winter, from breath or snowfall to the more clangorous din of traffic. The text and illustrations work together in not only the auditory, but also visually. The whimsical layout of the text sometimes mirrors the illustration, sometimes intersect each other. But both work together with a high level of interest, urging the reader to turn the page.

The musical text never overloads the senses as the reader journeys through the wintry scene in search of a runaway dog. The author/illustrator uses creative onomatopoeic concoctions for some of the indescribable sounds, such as snowfall (“peth, peth”), as well as varied uses of the illustrative page to keep the visuals on par with the text. Perkins uses an active tympani of words to keep the story moving to a satisfying resolution.

This is the perfect read on a snowy day…“Soft as our nests when day has gone, Snow came singing a silent song”.. -A.W.

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