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Ten Ways to Hear Snow

By: Cathy Camper

Illustrator: Kenard Pak

One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It’s the sound of snow—the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother’s house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen.

As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed. With stunning illustrations by Kenard Pak and thoughtful representation of a modern Arab American family from Cathy Camper, Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a layered exploration of mindfulness, empathy, and what we realize when the world gets quiet.

Full-color illustrations, created digitally. 

ISBN: 9780399186332

JLG Release: Feb 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Snow , Sound , Grandmothers and granddaughters , Arab Americans , Neighborhoods

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–Perhaps only someone who has lived in a snowy place and loved it would find 10 ways to hear snow. This poetic undertaking is as simple as a walk to a grandparent’s home and, ultimately, just as heartwarming. Lina hears a muffled sound, first in the morning when no one is moving after a blizzard the day before, a thwomp when the snow fall K-Gr 3–Perhaps only someone who has lived in a snowy place and loved it would find 10 ways to hear snow. This poetic undertaking is as simple as a walk to a grandparent’s home and, ultimately, just as heartwarming. Lina hears a muffled sound, first in the morning when no one is moving after a blizzard the day before, a thwomp when the snow falls off a branch that sways under the weight, and the scrape of shovels as sidewalks are cleared. She wonders if Sitti, her grandmother, will know that it has snowed, and goes to tell her, and to make stuffed grape leaves, a Lebanese favorite. But the 10th way to hear snow is its quiet, and Sitti, who cannot see well, is well aware of the blizzard’s aftermath. Camper’s straightforward telling is imbued with lyrical moments: “Outside, the late blue afternoon was completely still” perfectly describes the color and cast of the day’s blanketed scenery. Lina’s skin is light brown, and her hair is black; her parents, too, have similar coloring, he with a moustache and calling her the Arabic endearment “habibti.” The inclusion of that and a few other Arabic words is seamless. In muted pastel colors, with foamlike blocks of snow lining branches, roofs, and hedges, Pak re-creates the sculptured effect of snow—that it covers the landscape, and in doing so, highlights it: eyebrows of white over windows, bumps where there had been bushes, drifts scattershot up the trunks of trees. VERDICT Not since Ezra Jack Keats in Snowy Day and Karen Gundersheimer in Happy Winter has snow been so lovingly depicted, in a counting game for children in all seasons.–Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780399186332

First Release

February 2021

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Kokila

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Snow, Sound, Grandmothers and granddaughters, Arab Americans, Neighborhoods,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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