Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blizzard (John Rocco)

It was funny to read this story with my good ol' tough Canadian students. They were impressed with the snow storm in this story, but actually treated it quite matter of factly. Yup. Blizzards happen and you have to do crazy in this story. :)
They loved the fold out page with the long trek. Great way to illustrate it!
Goodreads summary:
Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island.

Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy's excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood's immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first.

Rocco uses an increasing amount of white space in his playful images, which include a gatefold spread of the boy's expedition to the store. This book about the wonder of a winter storm is as delicious as a mug of hot cocoa by the fire on a snowy day.

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