Four kittens have never seen the snow. The first three kittens are wary--snow is cold, it's wet, it covers everything. This unknown thing called snow is a little bit. . . scary. As the seasons pass and winter begins to loom, the three skittish kittens worry. But the fourth kitten takes a different view. The fourth kitten is getting excited. Snow will cover everything? "I can't wait "
Caldecott Medal winner Eric Rohmann gives us a charming, gentle story that both respectfully acknowledges a child's fear of the unknown and celebrates the power of a positive outlook. Deceptively simple and quietly profound.
About the Author
Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for "My Friend Rabbit", and a Caldecott Honor for "Time Flies". He is also the author and illustrator of "Clara and Asha", "A Kitten Tale", and "The Cinder-Eyed Cats", among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including "Last Song", based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including "His Dark Materials", by Philip Pullman. Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, and collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls. Rohmann has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. He taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusetts and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He lives in a suburb of Chicago.
Starred review, Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2007:
"While this title has broad appeal, it is an especially apt choice for children who approach the unknown with fear rather than pleasure."
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2007:
"A winner for a winter storytime, this is as amusing as watching real kittens romp."
Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2008:
“This playful look at living life to the fullest is a natural for young children.”