When It Starts to Snow (Paperback)

By Phillis Gershator, Martin Matje (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805067651, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2001



"What if it starts "
"to snow?"
"What do you do?"
"Where do you go?"

What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?" So begins this winter story, as each animal--from a mouse to a bear--tells us what it will do and where it will go when the snow starts to fall. Each takes cover in its own special home, except for one. Can you guess who?

Phillis Gershator's chant-along verse encourages listener participation, and is best enjoyed when read aloud. The inquisitive text and dashing illustrations by Martin Matje make this a delightful picture book for reading under the covers when the weather gets chilly. Poetic and imaginative, When It Starts to Snow celebrates winter in all its cozy glory.

About the Author

Phillis Gershator is the author of several books for children, including Bread Is for Eating, illustrated by Emma Shaw-Smith, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. She lives with her husband on the island of St. Thomas. Martin Matje has illustrated many books for children in his native France. When It Starts to Snow marks his children's book debut in America. He lives with his family in Paris.

Praise For When It Starts to Snow

"With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this one will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The mood and simplicity of expression recall Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day and Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day." --Booklist

"[A] cozily satisfying lapsit for that toddler fascinated by both snowflakes and animal noises." --The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books