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Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story    by David A. Johnson order for
Snow Sounds
by David A. Johnson
Order:  USA  Can
Houghton Mifflin, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The sounds of snow and winter echo across the pages in this expertly illustrated picture book.

When the book opens, the only sounds are that of sleep: a snore, a purr, and a hush all over the neighborhood. In the morning, a snowstorm has arrived, and soon, the sounds of snow removal can be heard: the 'swoosh slush slush smoosh' and the 'crash crush clank' of the salt trucks; the 'chug chug whoosh' of the snow blower; and eventually, the 'jingle clink clinky jingly' of the school bus's arrival.

What sets this book apart is the caliber of the artwork. The hushed dusty blue tones and the muted white snowflakes are a visual delight. Johnson has truly captured the tranquility, beauty, and, yes, warmth, of a snowy day.

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