Andy & Sandy and the First Snow

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola / With Jim Lewis
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About The Book

Andy and Sandy play in the snow in this third book of a brand-new easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis.

When the first big snow of winter hits, Sandy wants to play outside—but Andy isn’t so sure. After all, snow is very wet and very cold! But Sandy drags Andy along to make a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Will Andy discover that snow can be fun—despite being wet and cold?

Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

About The Author
Photograph © Laurent Linn

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time and the winner of the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature,” among other lifetime achievement awards. A Newbery Honor winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona and its companions, as well as Oliver Button Is a SissyThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Clown of GodMichael Bird-BoyAndy, That’s My Name; and the New York Times bestseller Quiet. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire. Visit him online at Tomie.com and TomiesBlog.Blogspot.com

About The Illustrator
Photograph © Laurent Linn

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time and the winner of the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature,” among other lifetime achievement awards. A Newbery Honor winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona and its companions, as well as Oliver Button Is a SissyThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Clown of GodMichael Bird-BoyAndy, That’s My Name; and the New York Times bestseller Quiet. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire. Visit him online at Tomie.com and TomiesBlog.Blogspot.com

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2016)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481441599
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® 250L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"The third installment in the Andy & Sandy series for new readers comes right in time for winter. Diminutive Andy is hesitant about venturing out into the snow, but the taller Sandy, a kid who knows snow, is more enthusiastic. Andy greets each activity Sandy suggests with skepticism.... Short, declarative sentences, single-syllable words, and repeated vocabulary make this unleveled reader ideal for children just beginning to read on their own. A welcome return for Andy and Sandy!"

– Kirkus Reviews, July 2016

"In the third book in the series, Andy and Sandy find themselves playing in the first snow of the season.... This book is perfect for young children learning how to read. Endpapers reveal the characters’ artwork, which describe the wintry season. Illustrations are done in acrylics and colored pencil, making the tone of the story sweet and playful. VERDICT: No need to have read the first two titles in this series; this one can stand on its own. A fun seasonal selection for beginning readers."

– School Library Journal, August 2016

"The latest addition to the Andy and Sandy series finds the two friends celebrating winter’s first snow.... The brief text offers much to emerging readers: a predictable story; succinct sentences; and appealing, diverse characters involved in familiar activities. DePaola’s distinctive acrylic-and-colored-pencil artwork features soft colors, generous white backgrounds, and characters portrayed in settings often defined by simple lines. Red-haired, spectacled Sandy and brown-skinned Andy clearly communicate their changing perspectives on snow with expressive faces and energetic body positions, while delightful endpapers depict each child’s idea of winter fun. A satisfying pick for newly minted readers."

– Booklist Online, July 2016

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