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Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day

Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day

Jessie Haas
Illustrator:  Alison Friend 
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-0763673642

Snow is starting to fall and Maggie, her parents, and their neighbor, Mr. Dingle, are getting for the storm that is on its way. Mr. Dingle covers his henhouse with a tarp, and Maggie’s family fill lots of pots and pans with water, just in case they lose power. They also put together a shopping list. They are going to need batteries, and Maggie insists that marshmallows are a necessity too. After all, tomorrow will probably be a snow day with no school and who ever heard of a snow day with no hot cocoa and marshmallows?

As night starts to fall Maggie put lots of hay into her horse’s stall and then she tries to close the door. It won’t shut completely because there is too much snow in the way, but Maggie isn’t too worried. Her horse, Bramble, is clever enough to stay inside when the weather outdoors is bad. Maggie goes indoors and leaves Bramble in her warm and snug home.

As the night progresses Bramble starts to feel the pull of the “white and wild” storm that is raging outside her little stall. She wants to stretch her legs, and though she knows that it is cold out there, the storm is also “exciting.” Bramble leans on the unlatched door of her stall and pushes it open. Out into the storm she goes, and what a different world it is.

Young readers are going to enjoy this seasonal Bramble and Maggie story. They will particularly like the way Bramble takes the initiative and goes out to explore. Being a horse with long legs has its advantages!