Sunday, December 15, 2013

Snowflakes Fall - Patricia MacLachlan

Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
2013, Random House
HC $17.99
24 pages
Goodreads:  4.07 (134 ratings)
My rating:  4.5

Endpapers:  Front:  Snow beginningto fall on a sun-gold autumn woods scene
Back:  a completely snow-covered field, moon above, snow still coming down - with snow angels turning into angels flying skyward....

Title Page:  Blue centered square with one BIG snowflake and the book title.

Illustrations:  EAch page of snowfall is just covered with snowflakes, all in Steven Kellogg's one-and-only style.

First line/s:
     "After the flowers are gone
      Snowflakes fall.
               After flake
                    After flake
      Each one a pattern
     All its own
          No two the same---
          All beautiful."

My comments:  This is another lovely, feel-good book.  Combine Patricia MacLachlan's wonderful voice and Steven Kellogg's touching, classic illustrations....along with having a percentage of proceeds going to the Sandy Hook Support Fund...and you have a super winner!  "Snowflakes fall/ To quilt meadows/ So we see the wandering prints/ Of birds/ Rabbits/ The bobcat at dawn."

Goodreads:  In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow.
MacLachlan and Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years—he raised his family there and was an active member of the community. With Snowflakes Fall, they have created a truly inspiring picture book that is both a celebration of life and a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique.
In honor of the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Random House, the publisher of Snowflakes Fall, has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House is also donating 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere.

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