White City: The Snow Day

Snow DayMom says:
This is one of those picture books with an urban setting, but in which the cityscape is almost invisible. I'm not always sure if I should include these kind of books on this blog. However, Komako Sakai's The Snow Day is so wonderful I can't resist.

This book received a lot of press (and rightly so) when it was published, but as far as I know not much attention was paid to it's urban setting (see update, below!). What struck me first is the cover illustration. A bunny is looking out his window at the snow, but what else is in his sights? The windows of the opposite apartment building! Believe me, this is something apartment dwellers all over the world can appreciate. The book perfectly captures the experience of waiting inside a small space -- or on a balcony -- for the snowfall to end. When they finally step out into the snow all that we see is a vast expanse of snow.  The city landscape has disappeared,  just like it does for children everywhere on a snow day.

If you haven't read this one yet, you are missing out.

Want more? Fuse #8 has an in-depth review, comparing and contrasting it to that other famed urban snow book, The Snowy Day.
UPDATE: Also read this fantastic review at 32 pages which does pay attention to the urban setting!

Big Kid says: Snow is great. I want more snow.
Little Kid says: Snow!


Callie said...

Oh my goodness! We read this one last week, and I almost got tears in my eyes when we got to the page where the bunby is standing on the balcony. I wrote about it on my blog. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://sit-a-while.blogspot.com/2011/01/january-book-club.html

Even in Australia said...

I am once again at my library hold limit, thanks to your blog! This one will have to get on the list soon.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Ooh, sounds interesting. I am going to check that one out.

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