A week ago we saw our first small snowstorm. Thankfully, this weekend it should hit a balmy 40 degrees.
However, even though I'm not very excited to see snow in person, I was thrilled to receive Blizzard by John Rocco in the mail the other day. I had pre-ordered this one long ago after having fallen in love with Blackout by Rocco.
Rocco's latest picture book is based on events in his own life- a 1978 snowstorm that hit his Rhode Island hometown and left drifts fifteen feet high.
I will readily admit that often I focus more on the story than the illustrations, but in Blizzard I loved both. I loved that the snowstorm begins with just one flake. I loved the fold-out showing where the boy walks when he is sent to get supplies. I loved tracing his path. I loved that this was based on a memory from Rocco's own childhood.
Both my eight year old and I exclaimed over this book. Tonight she is already planning to read it again, this time with her father.
Sometimes I am disappointed in a book after I have anticipated it for such a long time. This is not the case with Blizzard. I can hardly wait to read it to my classes, press it into the hands of my students and give it as a gift to my nieces and nephews.
Rocco has created another winner.