I've decided to introduce a new feature (again) to the blog! I have a very young child (two and a half years) and we've been reading together a lot recently and borrowing books from the library. I want to highlight some of the books he loves for our memories and for your edification. I plan to try and post these on Wednesdays.
The first book I plan to start with is Snow by Uri Shulevitz, a book that I had thought that my son would not like. It turns out that the Caldecott committee that decides which books are noteworthy are vastly better at figuring out my child's interests than I am!
This story is about a young boy with a dog who notices some flakes of snow and his enthusiasm for the snow even in the face of everyone's disbelief of the snow lasting. After the snow really starts to fall, the boy and his dog play and dance in the snow while it swirls around them.
I'm going to tell the truth and say I was not impressed by either the illustrations or story in the beginning. I read it tentatively to my son, and he so enjoyed the beginning of it that I have read it several times since. While he tends to lose interest at the point that the snow falls heavily (my favorite part), he loves the early parts where a certain number of snowflakes fall. He likes to count the snowflakes and point them out to me. This makes the reading last a little longer which is nice.
All in all, my son rates this pretty highly. From his enthusiasm, I'm going to rate it around a seven for him.