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by Betty Ren Wright
Ronald Himler, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 X 9 1/2 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823416561 | 09-01-2003

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Family & Relationships, School, Birthday, Weather
Recommendations: BL, C, C*, K, PW*

About the Book
Although a blizzard prevents his cousins from visiting for his birthday, a disappointed Billy ends up having an extra special day when his teacher and classmates must stay overnight at his family's house to wait out the snowstorm.


"This picture book has the warmth and appeal of a favorite family reminiscence. Wright's straightforward text has a down-home flavor that meshes well with Himler's evocative illustrations. Executed in watercolor and gouache over pencil, the mostly double-page spreads feature sepia tones that enhance the old-fashioned feel. While the setting is clearly rural, the time period is less clear. But ultimately, the where and the when of the story aren't really important-it's the nostalgic appeal of a simpler time that both Wright and Himler capture so perfectly in words and pictures."—School Library Journal

"This evocative story harkens back to an earlier, simpler time as it celebrates a feeling of sharing and neighborliness that is still the ideal today. A wonderful two-page spread shows Mr. Carter and Miss Bailey leading a chain of children through the blinding snow. Everything here is predictable, but the feelings the events engender are tender and strong. Himler's artwork alternates between the white-gray of the blowing snow and the golden glow that comes from both inside the house and the hearts of those who live there. Set perhaps 50 or 60 years ago, this story can work as a bridge between generations."—Booklist


Betty Ren Wright is the distinguished author of numerous books for young readers. Her thrillers, including The Dollhouse Murders, Christina's Ghost, and Crandall's Castle, have each won numerous state awards. In addition to her middle-grade mysteries, Ms. Wright has also penned more than thirty-five picture books for children, including The Blizzard, which appeared on state award master lists and was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2006 she was honored as a Notable Wisconsin Children's Author by the Wisconsin Library Association. Ms. Wright lives in Wisconsin.

Award winning Ronald Himler is one of very few artists in the world to have illustrated more than 150 children's books. His books for Holiday House include The Log Cabin Wedding, Redcoats and Petticoats, and The School at Crooked Creek. He has also colaborated extensively with Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve on her histories of Native Americans, and with David Adler on his Picture Book Biographies.