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Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze

Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1416972051

Annie and her cousin Henry love winter. Henry loves to play in the snow, and Annie loves to wear her cozy ear muffs, her hand muff, and her pink winter boots. The children are therefore delighted when they wake up one morning to find out that school has been cancelled. A winter storm is on its way, and soon everything will be icy and slippery.

Happily, Annie, Henry, and Henry’s dog Mudge get dressed in their warmest winter outdoor clothes. Henry puts on his skates, and Annie, who does not have any skates, holds onto Mudge. She slips and slides all over the yard and on the sidewalk. She admires the sparkly ice covered world, and she waves at her pet bunny, who is sitting on the windowsill watching everything from inside the warm house.

This early reader title will give young readers a delightful picture of how two children and one dog enjoy a wintery day. With three short chapters and illustrations throughout, this is a perfect title for children who are just starting to read by themselves.