Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via puablisher
The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently—until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion.
In Snow Sisters! Kerri Kokias shares the routine of two sisters, when they discover there's snow outside. They basically practice plans opposite of each other - one goes outside; one initially stays in - but both have fun for their snow day in their own ways, and eventually mirror each other's actions.
It's a simple story on how to find joy in what a day can bring in one's own way, and how imagination and a bit of creativity, can provide for hours of fun. The simple joys of the tale are further emphasized by Teagan White's illustrations - there's a warmth to them, which readers will find enchanting.
My one minor quibble with this book, is it reads like these girls are living solo in their house. There were no hints of parents anywhere, which bemused my adult sensibilities. However, I think the lack of parents will actually make the book even more of a winner for younger readers, who will relish the idea of living in a house with a sibling like this.
Highly recommend this simple, charming tale.
About the author and illustrator:
TEAGAN WHITE is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography. Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012. She has written and illustrated a variety of picture books including Adventures with Barefoot Critters and Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s That’s Me Loving You.