HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Snowflakes Fall
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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MacLachlan, Patricia. Snowflakes Fall (published in 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers). Recently, while at a department story in a nearby city browsing through the book section, I came across Snowflakes Fall, a new picture book written by Patricia MacLachlan, Newberry Medal winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall and sequels, and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, who has not only illustrated many books but also written several himself, such as The Mystery of the Magic Green Ball, The Mystery of the Stolen Blue Paint, and one of our favorites, Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale Retold and Illustrated. I read through it. The story begins with a happy scene of children peeking out amid flowers and trees. As the seasons change, autumn leaves, and then snowflakes, float down. Icy flakes strike the window pane in the dark, causing fright, but the morning promises to be brilliant.
The book portrays life’s natural cycle with its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow, offering the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives, just as snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow. MacLachlan and Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years, raising his family there, and was an active member of the community. In honor of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Random House, the publisher of Snowflakes Fall, has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House is also donating 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere.