DISCLAIMER: If you don’t want to read the words snow or winter, then stop reading. This is a post about both. But also about spring. And a book.
Three prompts led me to write on this seasonal topic. First, when I was scanning my mom’s journals recently, I came across a May 11, 1966, entry in which she wrote, “Snow on the ground.” This didn’t surprise me. Occasionally snow falls in southern Minnesota in May. While I don’t recall the 1966 snow Mom references, I do remember driving back from my native prairie once on Memorial Day weekend to see snow atop a car in New Ulm. That would be at the end of May.
Secondly, a few weeks ago, Randy asked whether he should put the snow shovels away. I encouraged him to wait. And he did, until he felt confident the possibility of snow had passed. It has. I hope.
Finally, a new children’s picture book, So Much Snow by Minnesotan Kristen Schroeder, prompted this post. The book recently won the 2023 Minnesota Book Award in children’s literature. It’s as if Schroeder had the winter of 2022-2023 in mind when she penned this story. This past winter proved among our snowiest ever in Minnesota. The winter we thought would never end.
With minimal words per page, Schroeder writes the story of a week-long snowfall. Day after day after day the snow piles high around a menagerie of animals. Rabbit, fox, bear, moose… Illustrator Sarah Jacoby’s art has a dreamy, soft quality, just like the falling snow. That both artist (from Pittsburgh) and author understand winter is clear in their work.
Eventually, the sun shines, the snow melts, the grass greens. And spring, so it seems, has arrived. But then, a last page surprise. You can probably guess what that may be. It happens here in Minnesota seemingly every year. Just when we think winter has ended…
FYI: To read a short interview with Kristen Schroeder, click here.
© Copyright 2023 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I so get this and will look for this book . as a michigander, I know that others here could identify as well..
A book to read to the kinders once you’ve finished. And, oh, yes, you will be able to relate.
So the snow shovel stays out until August? 😉
Oh, he finally put the snow shovels away. But, yeah, sometimes it feels like “until August.”
“Snow shovels” not snow shovel…this is Minnesota after all. 😊
That is correct. Plural form. You’re a quick learner.
It is full on spring here and hopefully there as well!
Yes, spring is definitely here in Minnesota. It just took awhile to get here.
Looks like a delightful storybook. I’ll check it out next winter. ha!
Next winter would be good! 🙂
I need to get that book for my great-grandkids. It’s May 23 and there’s still snow in pockets here in SW MT!
Yikes. That’s too late for snow! Sorry.
Yes, it is!
Oh, I laughed at your disclaimer! Then had feelings of empathy thinking, “Not again!”. Good to hear that Spring has finally arrived in your part of MN! 🥳
I think we’re in the clear now with the snow…until October.