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Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse

“There is no escaping the fact that all counting books have an element of didacticism. But folk artist Maxwell Newhouse (The House That Max Built) makes the predictable task of getting from 10 to one quietly suspenseful in this Arctic animal countdown.

What begins as a clear, cold night on the first page, with “10 Caribou Crunching” snowballs, turns into a near whiteout by the book’s end, with only “1 Moose, Silent in the Falling Snow.” The cumulative snowfall is perfectly paced: each turn of the page reveals a new level of intensity in the growing blizzard, bringing an enjoyable hide-and-seek element. Each page also offers a new perspective on the various animals, showing them plodding off into the horizon or flying into the night sky . . . —from a review on Quill & Quire

Counting on Snow is included in a 2010 Holiday Books guide to the best of the independent Northwest.

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