Monday, November 19, 2012

Cold Snap!


If there's one thing I've learned about the weather in Northern Virginia after living here for 3.5 years, it's that you  never really know what you're going to get. It's November, sure, but last year at this time it was in the 60's and 70's all the time and the year before that we had like 3 blizzards. This year, I'm happy to report that we're having a pretty typical November, with days in the upper 40's and lower 50's and very chilly nights. Perfect weather to finally pull out this book I received a couple of months ago, Eileen Spinelli’s Cold Snap. Elliott and I have been paging through it each day for awhile now and we're really enjoying it. He loves the illustrations, I love the story. 
The story is definitely targeted for probably 4 and up, but we're enjoying it a bit early. The temperature in Toby Mills is COLD and as each day passes, it just gets colder and colder. Icicles are hanging from the General Toby’s statue and no one can seem to get warm. Everyone is discouraged and lonely and COLD, until the Mayor’s wife has a brilliant idea, bring the entire town together for a fun surprise to ride out the cold snap.
The perfect mixture of cozy and sweet, perfect for reading on these chilly days. Included is a recipe for Miss Dove’s Sugar-on-Snow Candy, which would be great to make after reading the story, if you have children that are a little bit older. Yum! 
It’s perfect for sharing with your little ones as a fire roars in your fireplace (or, if you’re like me, the electric baseboard heaters warm the room) and you sip on some toasty hot chocolate. 
Thanks to Random House for sending us a copy to share together!

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