Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray
Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray

Series: Toys Go Out   

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Annotation: While Little Girl is away on winter vacation, her toys, Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic, decide to go outside and learn more about snow.
Catalog Number: #5708727
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Zelinsky, Paul O.,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-385-37330-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-385-37330-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014010935
Dimensions: 27 x 30 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Lumphy the toy buffalo, StingRay the plush stingray, and Plastic the red ball o were first introduced in Jenkins and Zelinsky's Toys Go Out (2006) e striking out on their first picture-book adventure. Having been left at home while the family is on vacation, the three toys stare out the window in awe of the season's first snowfall. Lumphy is full of questions about the snow; StingRay answers poetically ("the clouds are sad and happy at the same time"), while Plastic is more matter of fact ("it's what rain becomes when the temperature is freezing"). Soon the friends decide that the best way to learn about snow is to go play in it, so out they go. Expressive illustrations by Caldecott winner Zelinsky (Rapunzel, 1997) are rich in color and texture, occasionally splitting the page into panels to effectively depict action sequences or differences in the toys' perspectives. Simple and cozy with just the right amount of wonder, this story offers a look at the pleasures snow brings and its transformative effect on the world.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2&12; Converting their wildly successful "Toys" chapter books (Random) into picture book format, Jenkins and Zelinsky have crafted a story ideal for the younger set, ramping up the adorable factor, while retaining the whimsical spirit of the originals. With their owner, the Little Girl, away for winter vacation, plush animals StingRay and Lumphy the buffalo, along with their pal Plastic the bouncy red ball, suit up (Lumphy sports a mitten on his head, and "dry-clean only" StingRay outfits herself in a plastic bag) and head outside for their very first snow day. Naively knowledgeable StingRay confidently offers her own explanations for the world around them ("'[Snow is] a blanket of peace over the world'"), but Plastic gently corrects her ("'No, it's frozen water&30;. I read it in a book'"). The three friends take part in their own amusingly endearing versions of typical snow day activities&12;building a snowman and making snow angels&12;before watching the sunset and returning inside. By turns witty and tender, the digitally rendered, rich, painterly illustrations vividly conjure up a startlingly stunning winter wonderland, conveying its awe-inspiring beauty from the toy's-eye perspective. Zelinsky affectionately imbues these characters with a warmth that never veers toward the cloying, and his use of light and dark as day slowly turns to evening is masterly. The text is soothingly lyrical in its simplicity; relying on only a few lines of dialogue, Jenkins effectively gives each of the characters their own voice. VERDICT Utterly enchanting; a perfect bedtime read.&12; Mahnaz Dar , School Library Journal
Word Count: 413
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 176967 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q69410
Lexile: AD500L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic—the toys from the beloved chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home—are back in a glorious full-color picture book, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky have created a book destined to become a classic.
Children who have loved listening to the Toys trilogy, as well as those meeting the toys for the very first time, will be thrilled to see Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic venture outdoors to play in the snow. Together the toys build a snowman, make snow angels, and, when day is done, head back inside their cozy house and wait for the return of the Little Girl.

"A funny and tender adventure." —The Wall Street Journal

"Utterly enchanting; a perfect bedtime read." —School Library Journal, Starred

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