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Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White
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A child's joy on a snowy day finally helps her mother feel at home in their new countryA little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day. "So much snow," says Ma. "So...
A child's joy on a snowy day finally helps her mother feel at home in their new countryA little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day. "So much snow," says Ma. "So...
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  • A child's joy on a snowy day finally helps her mother feel at home in their new country

    A little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day.

    "So much snow," says Ma. "So monochromatic."

    "Mono crow what?" her daughter replies.

    Ma misses the sun, warmth and colors of their faraway homeland, but her daughter sees magic in everything — the clouds in the winter sky, the "firework" display when she throws an armful of snow into the air, making snow angels, tasting snowflakes. And in the end, her joy is contagious. Home is where family is, after all.

    This gently layered, beautifully illustrated story unfolds as a conversation between a mother and daughter and will resonate with readers across generations.

    Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
    Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.9
    Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
    Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
    Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.4
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
    Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
    >Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
    Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2
    Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6
    Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

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    October 1, 2020
    On a snowy December day in Canada, a little brown-skinned girl and her mother walk home through the slush. But while the little girl delights in the snow, her mother misses the color and heat of warmer seasons. The young protagonist tries to inspire her mother to see beauty in the frozen landscape, but Ma says that she misses the vibrant greens of her home; the protagonist counters that this snowy landscape is their new, shared home. In the end, the mother doesn't quite change her mind but is able to see snow as more than just a nuisance. While the book is well-intentioned and, at times, poetic, the lack of detail about the girl and her mother render the storyline unsatisfying. With the help of Campbell's soft, muted paintings, the author implies that the mother is from a tropical place but never specifies where, nor do readers learn whether the daughter has any knowledge of or love for it. Furthermore, the characters' relationships with snow appear to be a metaphor for the daughter's comfort in Canada and the mother's homesickness for her native place. This opens the door to a false binary implying that immigrants either fully assimilate or never let go of their homeland. Additionally, the tension established by this analogy is never fully resolved, the plot failing to allow for a change in either character. (This book was reviewed digitally with 10.8-by-17.6-inch double-page spreads viewed at actual size.) This beautifully illustrated picture book oversimplifies the immigrant experience. (Picture book 3-6)

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