Toby and the Snowflakes (Hardcover)

By Matthew Cordell (Illustrator), Julie Halpern

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618420049, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2004

List Price: 15.00*
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When friends move away, it is hard for them to leave and even harder to watch them go. Toby’s best friend moved yesterday, and now all Toby has is his friend’s baseball glove (which smells like Parmesan cheese). Toby is bored and alone. But then the snow starts to fall, and Toby finds an unexpected flurry of friends . . .
With humor and warmth, Julie Halpern and Matthew Cordell tell the story of one little boy who learns about friendship, change, and the nature of the snowflake.

About the Author

Matthew Cordrell enjoyed two years of Spanish in high school, where he studied basic vocabulary, sentence structure, and verb conjugation. His very first lesson: ordering lemonade. iUna limonada, por favor! Other books he has illustrated include Toby and the Snowflakes, The Gorillas of Gill Park, and Righty and Lefty.

Julie Halpern is a Chicago-based author whose other books include Get Well Soon and Into The Wild Nerd Yonder.

Praise For Toby and the Snowflakes

This tender exploration of the classic lost-friend story not only breathes new life into a well-worn message but also manages to make its metaphor into a lively literal experience.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go...Its message should appeal to kids with both real and imaginary friends.
Kirkus Reviews

The narrative has a natural flow, told in clear language...young children will enjoy the simplicity of the story.
School Library Journal

Cordell's austere ink-and-watercolor pictures, combined with his keen sense of composition, gives Toby's struggle texture and pacing.