Andy & Sandy and the First Snow – Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis

811iok1mfil       Andy & Sandy and the First Snow – Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781481441599), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   In this third title featuring Andy and Sandy, they set out to explore the snow.  Andy is smaller and a bit skeptical, while Sandy is determined to show him all the fun they can have.  Andy says :  “Snow is very wet and VERY COLD.”  Sandy replies, “But snow is lots of fun!”  Eventually, Andy is won over as they build a snowman, go sledding and make snow angels. The final double page spread features the two inside enjoying cups of cocoa with marshmallows in front of a fireplace.  The illustrations in dePaola’s signature style complement the warmth of the story.  The text is made up of short sentences and repeated words which make it a great choice for a very early reader.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is one for fans of the previous two books in the Andy & Sandy series.   This is a fun winter choice for a very early reader.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Easy readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:11/8/16             

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