Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Book Review - Blizzard
About the Book
Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens 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.
My Take on the Book
John Rocco has written a story which is based on a true experience in his life. He was ten years old , living in New England, when huge blizzard in 1978 paralyzed his community. It took days for the snowplows to get the streets cleared and the citizens , including John's family were running out of food. John became creative and walked to the grocery store to purchase food for his family and neighbors.
This story is told so well. It shows how a young boy met the challenges of the storm. The illustrations compliment the text so well.
I believe you and your child will thoroughly enjoy reading this book together more than once.
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