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A Perfect Day
Contributor(s): Berger, Carin
ISBN: 006201580X     ISBN-13: 9780062015808
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: November 2012
Annotation: Cut-paper collage illustrations and spare text celebrate a beautiful snowy day and its many fun-filled activities, from snowball fights and building snowmen to ice skating and sledding before returning home to steaming mugs of hot chocolate. By the creator of The Little Yellow Leaf. 35,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Snow; Fiction.
Day; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011035455
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.75" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156383
Reading Level: 1.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
An omniscient narrator describes how children spend one snowy day: "Sasha and Max showered Oscar / with a wild flurry of snowballs, / while Willa climbed to the top of a big mountain," etc. Alas, because this hymn to winter is plotless, the gorgeous cut-paper collages don't add up to more than the sum of their picturesque parts.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #3)

"The whole world was white," writes Berger in this hushed vision of a snowy day. Berger's collages, however, are no simple "white": her hilly snowscapes are crafted from lined paper, handwritten ledgers, and typewritten pages in creamy off-whites and pale yellows. Berger follows the activities of various children with birdlike faces, layered in winter plaids, before they "go home to warm hugs and dry clothes and steaming hot chocolate." The pared-down prose both suggests the quiet stillness of a winter afternoon and lends itself to thoughtful consideration of each spread. Lovely. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

PreS-Gr 2—Berger is captivated by the look of the landscape after it has snowed and the interest that lines, shapes, textures, and light add to the view. Her cut-paper compositions build snow-covered hills with ledger-book paper that has been brushed with paint; the pale blue script and lines show through, adding depth and mystery. The text floats down with the flakes in the opening spread. On the following pages, tall bare trees and, later, glowing lampposts add a vertical dimension to the horizontal world. Children emerge singly and in small groups. First the focus is on footprints and the lines from skis and skates. Then it is on the fun of throwing snowballs, making snowmen and forts, and sledding. The climax is a spread of 18 snow angels, after which the youngsters proceed to their respective homes, which are spread out on the hillsides as in a Currier and Ives scene. Berger's brief narrative describes the children's actions; it is the pictures that convey the wonder. A quiet celebration of a phenomenon that transforms everything it touches.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library

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