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Great story of the author s memories of the blizzard of 1978 I lived through it as well, as did my daughter I read it to my grandson so he will be able to appreciate the next time they have a huge snow in PA He s 4 and paid close attention to the whole story There are not a lot of words, which is great for younger kids, and the illustrations are very well done. Blizzard Is Based On John Rocco S Childhood Experience During The Now Infamous Blizzard Of , Which Brought Fifty Three Inches Of Snow To His Town In Rhode Island Told With A Brief Text And Dynamic Illustrations, The Bookopens 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 John 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 Having experienced the Blizzard of 76 I found this children s book fun The story was engaging and the illustrations really show just how deep the snow was Both of my 6 year old grandchildren loved this book. Blizzard focuses on a real blizzard that occurred in 1978 located in New England The book really captures how a blizzard would feel from a child s perspective He describes how excited the children are to be let out of school early and their awe at the depth of snow they encounter upon waking up the following morning Even I remember the excitement and joy of a heavy snowfall as it ensured a holiday from school and my Mom making hot chocolate with marshmallows this book captures those memories It takes those memories into a fun fantasy which many of us never actually experienced aka what would happen if the snowplows didn t show up for days and days Making clever use of tennis rackets, the author sets off to get what his family and neighbors need The illustrations, created with pencil, watercolor, and digital painting, are wonderfully detailed and sentimental, gently evoking a sense of the past The use of a giant fold out centerpiece, allows readers to see that, like most youngsters, the narrator did not take a straight path to the store, but made many, many stops It is also wonderful that he takes the time to stop and inquire after his neighbors needs as this is a great reminder to children that even during hard times we should be considerate of others He makes it to the store and back with the necessary supplies and the family hugs and drinks hot cocoa with MILK Then they awaken to the much anticipated snowplows Such a great story Well told, with captivating illustrations and a dose of nostalgia for the adults. SO glad I chose this new book for my guest reader visit to my grand daughter s preschool The author was 10, I was 25, during the 78 blizzard John Rocco tells a story about his experiences with 40 of snow Children and adults of all ages will appreciate the realistic illustrations, word bubbles, and child friendly map insert in the middle of the book Children will love making similar maps as a follow up activity.For teachers, the story also includes a short grocery list that lends itself to making lists during writing time The story also refers to the days of the week and measurement, capturing the young child s interest Helping others, being resourceful, survival, and some challenging new vocabulary are other great things to know about this story.