Snowflakes Fall

Snowflakes Fall 9780385376938_p0_v2_s260x420Snowflakes Fall

Patricia MacLachlan, Author

Steven Kellogg, Illustrator

Random House Children’s Books, Fiction, 2013

Suitable for Ages: 3-7

Themes: Snowflakes,  Grief, Renewal, Memory

Opening: “After the flowers are gone/ Snowflakes fall./ Flake/After flake/After flake/Each one a pattern/ All its own–/No two the same–/All beautiful.”

Book Jacket Synopsis: In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg, portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow.  Her simple but powerful words gently convey the impact of loss and the healing power of memory.  This book is a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique.

Why I like this book:  Patricia MacLachlan and  Steven Kellogg collaborate to create this beautiful, lyrical and inspirational book to honor and remember the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown, CT, who lost family members during the school shooting in Dec. 14, 2012.  In opening remarks, Kellogg, a former resident of the community,  says he hopes “to celebrate the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and children everywhere.”  There is no mention in the story about the Sandy Hook incident. Instead, the book celebrates the individuality of children and compares them to snowflakes, with no two being alike.  It offers hope that when the world is dark, in the morning the “world shines” and the children will romp in the snow, build forts, go sledding, leave their footprints and make snow angels.  Kellogg’s illustrations are colorful, magical and uplifting.  Make sure you check out both the front and end pages because they add to the story.  Random House has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund and donated 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere.

Resources: Parents and teachers can use this book as a quiet book about the natural life cycles of birth and renewal.   It is an excellent book to help children work through grief and healing.  With winter quickly approaching,  it is a perfect time to encourage children to play in the snow, catch snow flakes on their tongues, follow animal tracks and make snow angels.  Visit Random House for a special list of activities, coloring pages and a teacher’s guide for Snowflakes Fall.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

43 thoughts on “Snowflakes Fall

  1. I am soooooo buying this at our Book Fair today. What a nice tribute and donation to Sandy Hook, just in time for the one-year mark. I’ll never forget making those snowflakes as a family and sending them off to CT with our prayers.

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  2. How wonderful to bring out the best in children rather than dwelling on the sadness. I will look out for this, thanks Pat.

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  3. This book seems to have everything going for it – Patricia MacLachlan, Steven Kellogg, snow, hope, an important message. I love it already! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be adding this one to my book bag.

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  4. Patricia, what a beautiful and sensitive book. And I loved seeing the author/illustrator on video, proving that it is never too late to be creative and productive. Thanks for sharing this one!

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    • Jarm, I also found an article printed in the Newtown paper yesterday that goes into further detail with the author and illustrator. It was too long to include. Loved the short interview as it gives perspective to everything. This is one book I’ll keep!

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  5. What a lovely way in which to remember those little ones who lost their lives. And, it is so hard to move on with the seasons and let go of grief. All we can hope to do is catch a glimpse of moments of beauty in which the souls of the beautiful live on.

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  6. What a beautiful book. Makes me so wish, wish, wish for a white Christmas…. haha!
    (one of these days) I love especially the special message of renewed hope and love for all! Thank you, Merry Christmas dear Pat.

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  7. We’ll have to find this one. We’ve seen lots of snow fall in recent days and lots of sadness in our circles too in recent weeks.

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