Snow Angel, Sand Angel

by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (Author) Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A celebration of home, family, and finding beauty in your heritage, beautifully illustrated by the artist behind Anti-Racist Baby. Claire has been surrounded by the deep blue waves of Hapuna Beach and the magnificent mountains of Hawai'i all her life, but has never, ever seen snow. When her father drives her and her family to the top of the Mauna Kea, she can't help but to be's not the winter wonderland she's always dreamed of. And that's what she wants, more than anything. But as Claire edges ever closer to the new year, she wonders if maybe-- just maybe--she can delight in the special joys of winter in her own way--right there, on her Big Island of Hawaii. Includes backmatter that captures the environmental culture of Hawaii, and will teach children not only about the local flora and fauna, but also the value of being environmentally friendly.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

When tan-skinned Claire, who lives on Hawai'i, is assigned winter as the subject of a school diorama, she realizes she's "never even seen real snow!" When her father suggests taking her to Mauna Kea, "the tallest mountain in the world, if you measure from seafloor to summit," Claire is excited to witness snow for the first time--only to be disappointed by the winter gear, sled, and snowman her family provides. On New Year's Eve, however, Claire soon realizes the beauty of the land around her--and just how magnificent what it provides can be. Lukashevsky's distinctive digital illustrations, rendered in a vibrant color palette, punctuate Yamanaka's lush, sensory descriptions, threaded with informational facts and Native Hawaiian culture, in this poignant story of yearning for travel and appreciation for home by a Hawai'i-born team. Back matter includes an author's note on climate change and Indigenous stewardship, as well as a glossary and note from the publisher. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Review quotes

"A terrific tool for science connections, as well as a warm family story."—Booklist
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Lois-Ann Yamanaka was born and raised in Hawai'i, where this story takes place. The author of many acclaimed novels including Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers and Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, and the winner of a Pushcart Prize, Lois-Ann initially followed in parents' footsteps and became a teacher--when she realized, as she was teaching children to write poetry, that she could learn to write creatively, too. Snow Angel, Sand Angel is based on some of the longings for snow she experienced as a kid.

Ashley Lukashevsky is an illustrator and visual artist who uses illustration and art as a tool to strengthen social movements against systemic racism and sexism. Before moving to illustration full-time, she was the art director at KINDLAND and the social impact designer at LA2050, an initiative to create a positive shared future for all Angelenos. Learn more at her website http: // or follow her on Instagram @ASHLUKADRAWS.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Make Me a World
Publication date
January 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV029020 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Weather
JUV030060 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Library of Congress categories

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