The Snow Dancer

by Addie Boswell (Author) Mercè López (Illustrator)

The Snow Dancer
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Young dancer Sofia wakes up to a quiet, white world--it's a snow day! She makes her way outside to the neighborhood park, where a field awaits her, white and shining and open. It isn't long before the rest of the neighborhood wakes its sleepy head--and the other kids make their way to the park, scattering all of Sofia's beautiful silence. But with the help of a new young friend, Sofia is ready to show everyone what a snow dancer can do on a perfect day like this.

With lyrical language and gorgeous art, this book sparkles with all the joy and beauty of a snow day.

Publishers Weekly

Bright, expressive illustrations created in acrylic, graphite, and digital media highlight a willowy young dancer's snow-day experience. Dark-haired Sofia wakes to a tranquil winter wonderland--snowflakes spent the night "frosting the rooftops, fluffing the sidewalks, laying fuzzy hats on the fire hydrants." Outfitted in a goldenrod coat and a magenta scarf, she sets out to the local park, dancing across the unmarked soccer field's "giant stage." But when frenzied children scatter "all of Sofia's beautiful silence," she must recover if she wants to continue enjoying the snow day--and with the help of a small brown-skinned child clad in a magenta ensemble and fairy wings, she just might manage it. Vivid imagery, onomatopoeia, and supple blue-gradient typography enliven Sofia's journey as she learns to share her snow day. A dynamic tale of cooperation, adaptation, and friendship. Ages 4-7. (Dec.)

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Addie Boswell
ADDIE BOSWELL is a writer, artist, and muralist who lives in Portland, Oregon. Addie's first book, The Rain Stomper (Two Lions, 2008) won the 2009 Oregon Spirit Award. She was also included in Oregon Reads Aloud, a 2017 collection of the state's top authors and illustrators.

ALEXANDER MOSTOV is an illustrator who takes pride in making playful, accessible pictures. His inspiration is drawn from plants, animals, and midcentury modern design. He lives in Seattle with lots of books and a mischievous little dog named Dziga.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
December 20, 2020

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