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City of snow : the Great Blizzard of 1888

by High, Linda Oatman.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea HIGH
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea HIGH
Pleasant Hills Public Library Picture Book Juv Pict Hig
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  Juv Pict Hig

It was Sunday morning, March 11, 1888, and rain was falling, spraying a steady tempest from heaven.

With spring just around the corner, New Yorkers have no reason to suspect that one of the United States's greatest natural disasters is brewing. By Monday evening a ferocious blizzard would completely shut down the largest city in the country.

Trapped by the storm, a young girl and her family struggle on as even the smallest daily routines of life in the city grind to a halt-- electric and telegraph lines go down, trains and buildings alike are buried in the snow, and the streets are impassable, with no way to deliver fresh food, milk, or coal for heat. Life must go on, but both the family and the city are forever changed by the awesome might and majesty of the Great Blizzard of 1888.

A pivotal moment in American history vividly brought to life by Linda Oatman High's free-verse narration and Laura Francesca Filippucci's detailed, timeless illustrations.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 1-3. In her author's note to this story-in-verse, High writes that New York City suffered enormous destruction from a massive blizzard that struck in 1888. Even so, the Great White Hurricane doesn't seem to threaten High's fictional narrator, a little girl whose family is only mildly inconvenienced by the city's paralysis, even attending P. T. Barnum's circus while the storm rages. As she did for Depression-era Atlantic City in The Girl on the High-Diving Horse (2003), High conjures a snowbound Victorian New York through sharply etched details: Howling winds rattled the windows / like careless thieves, / and the eaves wheezed, / heaving as if the house were breathing. At times, High's narrow columns of verse seem overworked, with the poetic devices falling as fast and furious as the snow itself. Choose this as a wintry read-aloud; listeners can then experience the poetry's drifting musicality while losing themselves in Filipucci's lovely, Currier & Ives-style cityscapes, which beautifully capture both the eeriness and tranquility of a city blanketed in white. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Blizzards -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Blizzards -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Walker & Co.,2004
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Filippucci, Laura.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN 0802789102 (hardcover)
0802789110 (RE)
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