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Cold Snap Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Spinelli, Eileen, Priceman, Marjorie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375846263     ISBN-13: 9780375846267
Publisher: Dragonfly
    OUR PRICE: $9.60  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2015
Annotation: A cold snap has everyone in the town of Toby Mills feeling down, until the mayor's wife thinks of a way to warm things up again.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cold; Fiction.
Community life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2015045781
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.15" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154434
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61763
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Eileen Spinelli is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels Another Day as Emily, Summerhouse Time, and The Dancing Pancake for Knopf, as well as picture books like Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green, The Perfect Thanksgiving, Hero Cat, and The Best Story. Eileen lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania.
Marjorie Priceman is the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honors, for Hot Air! The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
The residents of Toby Mills experience bitterly cold temperatures while enjoying sledding, cooking, and other pursuits, including hunkering down to stay warm. Lively narrative pacing paired with Priceman's cheerful illustrations offer plenty of action while grounding the time frame with the lengthening icicle that forms on the town's General Toby statue from the tip of his prominent nose to the ground.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #1)

Winter fun becomes a little less so for the denizens of Toby Mills when a deep freeze descends upon their quaint small town. The first cold day is filled with sledding and snowballs, and the icicle hanging from the nose of a town statue is barely there. By week's end, the mercury has fallen steadily, shivering townsfolk have had their fill of trying to stay warm, and the icicle on General Toby's nose has reached the ground. Luckily, the mayor's wife comes up with a fiery, community-minded plan. From cocoa and sweaters to hot-water bottles, Spinelli (A Big Boy Now) catalogues all the ways people find warmth in winter; despite the harsh weather, her story has a nostalgic tone. Working in vibrant gouache, Priceman (Jazz Age Josephine) creates cheery winter wonderlands both indoors and out. Children in bright stocking caps and mittens whiz by on toboggans, and bundled-up customers sip "steamy soup and bubbling stew" at the local diner. She dots her fluffy snowscape with a rainbow of colorful houses, creating a cozy village that readers will long to visit, regardless of the forecast. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)

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

K-Gr 3—As the temperature drops in the town of Toby Mills, children stop playing outside, pets need sweaters, and adults start complaining to the mayor. Churchgoers huddle together, and Pastor Pickthorn preaches in earmuffs and an overcoat. After the furnaces and trains freeze up and the town becomes known as the new North Pole, the mayor's wife invites everyone to a bonfire on top of T-Bone Hill. Before the citizens can forget the fun they had that night, the cold snap ends with the shattering of an icicle that has been growing off the nose of a well-known statue in town. Although the glittery snow on the book's cover doesn't extend to the illustrations inside, the cool hues and imagery convey memories of chilly winter days. Full-page art and spreads, rendered in gouache, focus on characters young and old in this racially diverse town. Busy scenes show myriad activities, with snow-covered shops and houses in the background. Miss Dove's Sugar-On-Snow Candy recipe is included. Perfect for cozy sharing on a frosty, frigid day.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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