Due in November, Some Snow Is… has lyrical text about snow: the types of snow (the early snow, the snow days, the going away snow), when it snows (the early snow at the start where not sure if it is snow or rain and the end of snow when the whispers of bikes start calling your name), what not to do with snow (watch out for the yellow stuff) and the feelings and thoughts we have about snow (the cozy snow day, the grumbles of dad shoveling) plus things you can do with it (forts, sledding, snow angels, snowmen). It then ends on the hint of Spring.
While the text is a three, the art is a four. I like a good poem (and this is a good poem) it is slightly simplistic, and I was looking for something deeper. I truly think Ellen Yeomans could right an entire book of snow poetry as well as one for each season. But also, could make one big, lovely collection. And I feel that they could do one from toddler right on up to adult. I grew up around snow and what Yeomans writes captures it in an idealistic, but realistic manner as well.
Some snow is First Snow,
we’ve waited for so long snow.
Is it really snow snow
or only heavy rain?
The above is for certain a real description: YES! The first snow is here…. wait, nope, big old icky rain that makes things muddy!
A piece of the publisher review has the illustrations as “energetic.” Andrea Offermann’s art has moving and grooving parts. Their style is realistic, quirky and fun. Bright colors pop off the page and you see the snow flying around and feel the wet and chills. Some are romanticized (no butt prints in the snow angel or heel digs or rolling out of the angel position are seen to mar the lovely snow angels made). And my adult kicked it (do not make a pile of snow next to the road so crazy snowplow drivers can dump the snow onto playing children) but that is the adult in me. The child in me always wished I could make a cool snow tunnel that did not collapse. (Usually because it had to be done on the sly as our mother was not a fan of them.)