As each day passes, it becomes colder and colder in Toby Mills. People are stuck on the city train, the furnace goes out at the local church and street workers make fires in metal drums. The townsfolk are trying everything to keep warm but their spirits are dwindling as the temperatures plunge lower every day. That is until the Mayor's wife has a winter surprise in store that will bring back warmth to the city. Here is a book that is perfect for the cold winter season. After reading this, it reminded me of when I was a kid and we used to have this kind of weather in Wisconsin. Not so much anymore, but it was nice to have the memory again. The illustrations are bold with primary colors and whimsical. The descriptive storyline really offers that small town feel facing a cold snap and in the end the community coming together for a heartwarming surprise. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4-8.~
Title: Cold Snap
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Pub. Date: October 2012, Knopf Books
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.