Before Morning

by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
HMH Books for Young Readers, Fall 2016, ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547979175, $17.99 hardcover, 48 pp.

There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her invocation comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a family revels in the freedom and peace of a snow day. Ages 4 to 7.


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