The Resource Snow place like home, Christina Soontornvat ; illustrations by Barbara Szepesi Szucs

Snow place like home, Christina Soontornvat ; illustrations by Barbara Szepesi Szucs

Label
Snow place like home
Title
Snow place like home
Statement of responsibility
Christina Soontornvat ; illustrations by Barbara Szepesi Szucs
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lina, a Windtamer who controls the wind and lives in a palace in the clouds, wants to go to a regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia, but first her grandfather must teach her to control her powers
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Review
  • Gr 2–4—Princess Lina isn't like other girls. She is a Windtamer who controls the wind and lives in a palace in the clouds. But she isn't like other Windtamers, either, since her dad is a Groundling (a human) and her wind powers have a knack for turning icy cold. When Lina convinces her parents to let her go to her best friend Claudia's human school, her powers really get out of whack, creating icicles in the classroom and snowdrifts in the gym. Thankfully, Lina has the support of Claudia and her family, as well as Windtamer lessons from her granddad, the General of the Wind, to help get her through. Written as Lina's diary, this book touches on issues of feeling different, making friends and coming into your own and embracing what makes you special. The characters are diverse, though there is no mention of their ethnicity. Two-tone, pink-and-black illustrations set the scene with friendly-faced characters and a perfect pink palace. Lina's world is depicted as fun and unusual while at the same time relatable to anyone who attends a "Groundling" school. VERDICT With a protagonist who could be buddies with Disney's Queen Elsa, this is bound to be popular among readers who love magic and friendship. A solid purchase.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ --Erica Deb (Reviewed 05/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 4, p91)
  • Ice princess Lina must navigate family and school in this early chapter read. The family picnic is today. This is not a typical gathering, since Lina's maternal relatives are a royal family of Windtamers who have power over the weather and live in castles floating on clouds. Lina herself is mixed race, with black hair and a tan complexion like her Asian-presenting mother's; her Groundling father appears to be a white human. While making a grand entrance at the castle of her grandfather, the North Wind, she fails to successfully ride a gust of wind and crashes in front of her entire family. This prompts her stern grandfather to ask that Lina move in with him so he can teach her to control her powers. Desperate to avoid this, Lina and her friend Claudia, who is black, get Lina accepted at the Hilltop Science and Arts Academy. Lina's parents allow her to go as long as she does lessons with grandpa on Saturdays. However, fitting in at a Groundling school is rough, especially when your powers start freak winter storms! With the story unfurling in diary format, bright-pink-highlighted grayscale illustrations help move the plot along. There are slight gaps in the storytelling and the pacing is occasionally uneven, but Lina is full of spunk and promotes self-acceptance. A jam-packed opener sure to satisfy lovers of the princess genre. (Fantasy. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10786318
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Soontornvat, Christina
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • RL: Grade 3
  • IL: Grades 1-3
  • 510L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.1.S677
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Szepesi Szucs, Barbara
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Diary of an ice princess
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princesses
  • Magic
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Schools
  • Grandfathers
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Snow place like home, Christina Soontornvat ; illustrations by Barbara Szepesi Szucs
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
114 pages
Isbn
9781338353938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Snow place like home, Christina Soontornvat ; illustrations by Barbara Szepesi Szucs
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
114 pages
Isbn
9781338353938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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