Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

First Snow

First Snow

Emily Arnold McCully
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 6
HarperCollins, 2004   ISBN: 0066238528

There has been a big snowfall and the little mice children are going to go sledding with Grandma and Grandpa. They all get into red truck and drive to the big hill, stopping to slide on the ice and to build a snowman of course. Then it is time to climb the hill and to start sledding. It is such a long way down and someone has to go first. At last one brave mouse child sets off down the hill and soon the hill is covered with flying sleds and the air full of screams of "Wheeee!" At the bottom of the hill they realize that someone is missing. Bitty is still at the top, afraid to sled down the steep hill. Will she be able to overcome her fears and have some fun like the other mice children?

In this wonderful re-release of her 1985 book the author has added some new words and pictures to create a delightful book which will surely be a firm and much loved favorite with young children who have their own little fears and who are always comforted to know that they are not the only ones who are afraid of steep hills or monsters under the bed.

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