Back of Book:
One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It’s the sound of snow — the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother’s house to help make the family recipe for Warak Enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
I was so excited to win a copy of this book from a giveaway that The Pragmatic Mom held.
“Ten Ways to Hear Snow” by Cathy Camper follows a young girl named Lina as she experiences how her neighborhood changes after a snowstorm. When Lina awakens to find the neighborhood covered in snow, she wonders if her grandmother who has lost much of her sight even knows that it snowed. She sets off to her grandmothers and counts each time she hears a new aspect of snow. The sound of boots crunching, the sound of a snowball hitting her, the sound of mittens dripping as they hang on the radiator to dry. Each sound allows Lina to use her senses in a new way. When she arrives at her Sitti’s house, she realizes that listening to the snow can be just as effective as hearing it. The text of this book is a beautiful lyrical journey that uses figurative language to describe the beauty of snow. I love that the story focuses on a multi-generational diverse family and their Lebanese culture The illustrations by Kenard Pak are a blend of bright and muted colors that bring the story to life. He captures the snow event in a way that draws readers into the setting. “Ten Ways to Hear Snow” shows readers how using their senses can help them see the wonder in their worlds.
Ages 5 and up