Dream Snow by Eric CarleDream Snow by Eric Carle

Dream Snow

byEric CarleIllustratorEric Carle

Paper over Board | September 25, 2000

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It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

"Few in number are the parents who have made it through their toddler's years on just one copy of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Dream Snow has similar ingredients: a simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands . . ." —Time

"This is a simple, well-told story about a simple farmer. . . . Viewers. . . will want to get their hands on it." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will . . . enjoy the gentle text and creative design features." —Booklist

"The pictures are in Carle's trademark richly colored and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas." —Kirkus Reviews

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and s...
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Title:Dream SnowFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:32 pages, 10.63 × 10.63 × 0.61 inPublished:September 25, 2000Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399235795

ISBN - 13:9780399235795

Appropriate for ages: 2 - 6

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Nice little story - love the farmer feeling cozy having bread with peppermint tea
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Holiday Classic Eric Carle's new picture book Dream Snow introduces the farmer, who lives with his five farm animals, named One, Two, Three, Four, Five and his tree, simply named The Tree. It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. So one evening, the farmer sits in his favorite chair, has a cup of peppermint tea and some bread with honey, dozes off and begins to dream of snow. When he awakens, he finds that it actually has snowed. So, he bundles up in hat, boots and gloves, grabs a big box, throws a sack over his shoulder and, looking very familiar, heads out to the barn. There he decorates The Tree and along with his farm animals, poised to push a button, wishes "Merry Christmas to All". What makes this simple little book so special, is Mr Carle's wonderfully inventive illustrations. He has painted his snow flakes and drifts on clear plastic, inserted before each page, which when lifted reveals the farmer or one of his animals on the page below. And as the farmer is wishing all a Merry Christmas, your youngsters can help by him by pushing the button, to hear a holiday song. This is a charming, gentle story the entire family will love and a sure classic in years to come.
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dream Snow Dream Snow by Eric Carle...the language was simple for early readers but the story seemed too simple...and seemed to be rushed to a conclusion in the end. My son however has asked to have that book as his bedtime story for many many nights. He loves the overlays and the magic button at the end of the book.
Date published: 2000-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dream Snow was Dreamy Although this book was somewhat disappointing when compared to Carle's other acheivements, I do still feel that it is a book that will be enjoyed by many children at Christmas. The book ties in so many features that are appealing to children, ( for one reason or another) such as overlays, the image of Santa Claus, presents, counting, etc. Even though this book may seem a little 'blah' to adults, the kids I read it with really enjoyed it. In the end, we all felt a little of the magic that comes with dreams and first snowfalls. That is what I think Carle was trying to acheive here. Therefore, a dream come true!
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dream Snow I am sorry, but this is not up to Eric Carle standards for this price. His other books are the standard he set. Using overlays did nothing enhance this book with no story line to it.
Date published: 2000-12-15

From Our Editors

When the old farmer settles down for his sleep on the night before Christmas, he wonders how this magical day could possibly arrive when there’s no snow on the ground. Then he falls asleep and dreams of a big snowstorm burying him and his four animals named One, Two, Three and Four. In Dream Snow just imagine the old farmers surprise when he awakens to discover a magical winter wonderland! Donning his bright red suit, he heads out into the snow, puts some gifts under the tree for the animals and presses a button nearby, creating a wonderful and magical treat for children everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

"Few in number are the parents who have made it through their toddler's years on just one copy of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Dream Snow has similar ingredients: a simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands . . ." —Time"This is a simple, well-told story about a simple farmer. . . . Viewers. . . will want to get their hands on it." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will . . . enjoy the gentle text and creative design features." —Booklist"The pictures are in Carle's trademark richly colored and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas." —Kirkus Reviews

Employee Review

Carle has done it again! Transparent plastic sheets with snow painted on top are used to cover parts of a few illustrations, and to boost reader involvement. This ingenuous addition leaves the animals that belong to the main character -- a farmer who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus -- covered until the transparency is removed, and the identity of the creature revealed. This simple but off-beat touch is characteristic of Carle's style, and is reminiscent of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You'll find this holiday book hard to put down once you discover the last surprise Carle has placed at the end of the story.