Sadly, I did not like the book, I Wish it Would Snow. The only thing that saved it for me was Sarah Dillard’s illustrations. They are sweet and there are some details, but they are not overwhelming. The colors are bold and bright. They do help move the story along. At first, I thought this would be a wordless-picture book, but then it started up with sparse text. And continued with the sparse text.
However, the story is realistic. The fact that the child/narrator of the story is never really happy (it is fall, they want snow; when they get snow, they want it to stop….) is what a child would be like. These feelings the rabbit has would be like a human child’s feelings. The bunny in their pjs and drinking hot chocolate is real (and darn cute). The fact at the time spring comes, they are hoping for it to snow again, is real.
Over all, this is one of those sweet books you give a young child, they enjoy it and you enjoy reading to your child. It would work as a library story time reading. It also lends itself to activities (you can rack leaves in fall, sled in winter). Or, if your brain is like mine, I can see seasonal themed arts and crafts (cut out leaves, color them, draw pictures of you in fall, winter and even spring). And much more.
I would love to see this in a medium to large sized board book.