Snow Happy!

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Tricycle Press, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Waking up to a snow-covered world, children dash outdoors:
“We’re silly-willy laughy, feeling slightly daffy, leaping through the snow— Snow Happy!”
Follow along as they playfully romp through the freshly-fallen snow: sledding, shoveling, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs. Even the woodland animals are taking part in the winter fun!
At the end of a satisfying day, the children go home to shed wet clothes and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, tired yet exhilarated. It’s what every snowy day should be!

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Snow Happy, written by Patricia Hubbel and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata is a fun and interesting read. It has lots of rhyme such as “whacking”, “smacking”, and “packing” and then also “laughy” and “daffy”. This describes the happy feelings of the characters in the book because of the snow day and what they are doing with their friends and the snow. The book also has alliteration such as “wide walks”. These examples of poetic devices help to imagine the feeling of the walk way after being shoveled “Yippy-yapping” is an example of onomatopoeia. This helps to imagine the dogs playing happily in the snow. The illustrations also help to captures the happy and light feeling to the words. The words and illustrations help to make it in to an excellent book.

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In the book Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell there were many poetic devices used. In the book the speakers were the kids. It effected the book because having the kids be the speakers kind of made you feel like you were one of the kids playing in the snow. I could tell that the kids were the speakers because in every page the word “we” was in it. Another poetic device used in the book was rhyme. The rhyme scheme was A-A-B-C and having rhyme in the book made the book more fun and joyful and not boring. Also there was personification. On page 5 it said “Each one snow flake snapping” and having that line was very interesting and made you think about the snowflakes. There was onomatopoeia in the book also. It said “Dogs are yippy-yapping” and that made you interested in the book and made you feel like you could hear the dog barking. Lastly I noticed that at the end of every page it said “Snow Happy” but the last page said “So Happy.” That added a cool, heartwarming twist to the book because the last illustration is the whole family with their grandparents sitting on a couch, near a fire, drinking hot chocolate. You could tell that they were so happy.  

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About the author (2010)

PATRICIA HUBBELL began writing poetry when she was in the third grade. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys painting, sculpting, horses, and gardening. Her books have received many honors and awards. Patricia still writes from her hometown in Easton, Connecticut.
HIROE NAKATA has illustrated many books for children with her cheerful and delightful paintings. For Snow Happy, Hiroe researched her own neighborhood’s parks, trees, and wildlife during snowfalls, and the local children in colorful knits were inspiring to her. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughter, who loves to use her pink ice skates every winter weekend.

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