Ah, another episode of We Recommend, in which we attempt, by hook or by crook, to find the absolutely perfect book for people who write in. Got a kid in your life who needs a recommendation? Write us at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com with the age, reading tastes, favorite books, and any other relevant (or irrelevant) information, and we'll give it a shot. And really? All the good options are in the comments, so be sure to look there!
I thought I had more time with this one (I actually thought I had more time with a lot of requests and now they're too timely, so prepare yourselves to be called upon over the next few days/weeks). But I looked at the weather forecast and Saturday is looking like slush, at the very least, so here we go:
I'm ordering a copy of Snowbound with Betsy to have on hand for the first snow day (when there's no school) and would like to have a stack of wintry books ready. Any other suggestions? I have two girls, eight and eleven, both good readers. They don't like fantasy/SF-type books; they love Ramona, Harry Potter, Wimpy Kid, the Moffatts, etc. I thought I'd be able to find a good suggestion list easily online, but no luck.
First of all: I love this idea. I love a snow day. Nothing beats it, especially when it comes out of the blue, and you're dragging yourself through your morning and that magical freaking phone call comes—NO SCHOOL! Bliss.
And I love the idea of it being a special cozy day inside, with lots of books tucked away ready to be broken out. I want to do it for myself, in fact, not just for the kids but for me.
But I digress. I could dither and pretend, but as far as I am concerned there is the one book that is the snowiest, most compelling, most wonderful snow book of them all. That's right, baby:
From the strange menace of the early chapters (the muskrat building its walls so thick, the weird bird they've never seen, the cows with their faces frozen in their own steam) to the all-out blizzards, this book is winter to me. I think it's the best of the whole series (maybe Little House in the Big Woods is its equal, because what's better than butchering and smoking a pig, I ask you?) and it will make your warm, cozy inside-ness all the more gratifying.
My only fear: they've read this already, right? Maybe not?
If they have, help me out in the comments, people: what do they read? Realistic fiction, cozy day, snow feelings: what?