When you grow up in Minnesota, snow is a part of your world. From playing in it until your feet are so cold and wet that your grandmother will scold while you drink hot cocoa to lifting your feet high as you trudge through knee-deep snow to a bus stop that’s farther away than it has ever been, snow is a fixture in your thoughts.
But ten ways to hear snow? Doesn’t snow fall silently? How does one hear snow?
Cathy Camper knows the answer. All ten of them. And Kenard Pak illustrates this book with such care that the sounds come alive.
The bare trees are stark against the urban, winter landscape and Pak captures the shadows that paint the white, white snow. His snowy landscapes feel immense yet intimate.
Can you imagine what the sounds are?
“Scraaape, scrip, scraaape, scrip.”
Exactly. A shovel against the sidewalk. The author identifies sounds that are immediately familiar to children and adults who know snowfall.
Of course. The windshields being swept clear of snow. Snow-time activities create sounds.
Cathy Camper worked for many years as a K‑12 librarian. She has created an irresistible read-aloud. Ten Ways to Hear Snow will encourage listeners to make their own snow sounds, discuss other ways to hear snow, and learn about onomatopoeia.
Lina, the main character, is walking through snow to visit her Sitti, her grandmother, who lives in an independent living building. The two are going to stuff grape leaves, an activity that’s harder for Sitti because her sight is failing. Sounds have become very important to this grandmother and granddaughter.
Camper dedicates this book to her Lebanese family. Words and food are presented within the text that will invite further learning when the book is closed.
It’s a charming book for those who know snow well and those who would like to. The descriptive language and the digital paintings combine to give us a treasure.