The Resource Samson in the snow, Philip C. Stead

Samson in the snow, Philip C. Stead

Label
Samson in the snow
Title
Samson in the snow
Statement of responsibility
Philip C. Stead
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When friendly giant mammoth Samson falls asleep and wakes up in the middle of a blizzard, he finds and shelters a little red bird and a flower-loving mouse, beginning new friendships for all
Tone
Character
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 As a heavy snowstorm descends, a sweet and gentle woolly mammoth named Samson is very concerned about a small red bird he recently befriended over a mutual love of dandelions. Like the author’s Caldecott-­winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010), this picture book features a quiet type of thoughtfulness that makes for a pleasurable, low-key read. Children will be riveted, though, by Samson’s journey to locate the feathered fellow. Will he find the bird before the snow becomes too dangerous? A mouse he meets on his journey into an increasingly bluish-gray world is eager to help. Stead has tackled the illustrations without his partner and wife, Erin, this time around, and the pictures have a sturdy feel, grounded by the mastodon’s large, reddish-brown figure. The bird is omnipresent in Samson’s thoughts, and his beakful of yellow flowers provides bright bursts of color. As Samson continues his journey, readers will perceive that he’s also moving toward a happy chance for friendship. A lovely tale for a peaceful storytime. -- Cruze, Karen (Reviewed 9/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 1, p117)
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 2—Samson the woolly mammoth is content with the company of his flowers. When a little red bird flies by, asking for some flowers for a friend whose favorite color is yellow, Samson wonders what having a pal would be like. As summer turns to winter, Samson, concerned about the bird's fate, decides that "it is better to walk than to worry" and sets out to find her. In the meantime he meets a mouse who is also in search of a friend, and together they rescue the bird, who has become trapped in the ice. The storm finally passes as the three newly united creatures trade stories of their adventures. Simple language is suitable for either read-alouds or independent reading. Although some text blocks are within illustrations, most are placed on light backgrounds, making all but one easy to read. As in the best picture books, the narrative is told in words and pictures. Two wordless spreads show the bird's predicament, while a third contrasts these starry white and blue winter scenes with a bright yellow summer one. Pencil-line animals stand out against highly textured backgrounds, and color is essential to the plot, as readers realize that the mouse—whose favorite color is yellow—is the friend for whom the bird originally sought flowers. VERDICT This sweet tale of friendship deserves a place in every collection.—Jill Ratzan, Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley, PA --Jill Ratzan (Reviewed 10/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 10, p86)
  • /* Starred Review */ Stead (Ideas Are All Around) returns to themes he’s made his own: friendship, acceptance, and love for small, ordinary objects that most people overlook. Together, his observations form a gentle theology. Samson is a mammoth who wears an expression of furry concern. He’s first seen weeding his dandelion patch. (Aren’t dandelions weeds? Not to Samson.) A red bird appears: “Would you mind if I took some flowers for a friend?” the bird asks. “He is having a bad day.” Samson hears this wistfully: “He wondered what it would be like to have a friend.” When a blizzard descends, Samson thinks immediately of the bird, his concern etched in a wordless vision of the tiny animal sprawled in the snow, and sets out to rescue her. Samson trudges over broad, snowy plains, eventually finding a mouse—the very friend, it emerges, for whom the flowers were intended. Together they find the bird, not a moment too soon. The contrast between the very large and the very small contributes to the story’s magic, and so does Samson, a hero who is tender, patient, and loyal. Ages 4–8. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/27/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 26, p)
  • A depiction of deliberate acts of kindness.Stead's return to familiar themes of friendship and camaraderie is refreshed by the introduction of Samson, a wooly mammoth who loves his patch of dandelions but isn't miserly with them. When a red bird (reminiscent of the title character in Stead's Hello, My Name Is Ruby, 2013, in size if not color) requests some to give to a friend having a bad day, he gives them gladly. But as the bird flies away, Samson wistfully wonders what it'd be like to have a friend. He falls asleep and dreams of yellow, and here Stead treats readers to the first of three wordless spreads punctuating the narrative—this one a saturated, bright yellow with starburst prints of dandelion blossoms. Samson awakens to a blizzard, worries about the red bird, and goes off to find her. "It is better to walk than to worry," he thinks as he trudges through the snow. He finds a mouse and lifts him up onto his furry back to stay warm and snug. The mouse, too, is searching for someone, who turns out to be the small red bird. Their reunion is a joyful one, complete with a gift of dandelions to the mouse, and then Samson brings them to a cave's dry safety to wait out the storm, together. A story warm in both palette and feeling. (Picture book. 3-5)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10526700
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stead, Philip Christian
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
510L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.S808566
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
2.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mammoths
  • Friendship
  • Snow
  • Animals
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Samson in the snow, Philip C. Stead
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781626721821
Lccn
2016004883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Samson in the snow, Philip C. Stead
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781626721821
Lccn
2016004883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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