Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed picture book creator Steven Kellogg collaborate in a tribute to the community of Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
The people of Sandy Hook adopted the snowflake as a symbol of renewal and hope in the wake of the tragedy in December of 2012. Upon hearing this, children everywhere sent paper snowflakes to the town—thousands of them—sending a message of support and bringing the magic of a winter wonderland to their community. Illustrator Steven Kellogg, who had raised his own family in Sandy Hook, felt compelled to respond through his art, drawing upon his fond and intimate memories to evoke the spirit of the town. His paintings inspired Patricia MacLachlan to write Snowflakes Fall, a gentle, poignant poem that uses snowflakes to celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.
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MacLachlan used her words to create a poetic narrative about changing seasons, the cycle of life, renewal and memory. “I always say I don’t write with a message, but here, I wanted to say that there are good things that happen, and there is renewal,” she says. “After the flowers are gone, the snowflakes come. There are fond memories of the children who are gone, and of the others who are still here. While writing every word, I thought about all children touched by loss.”
- Body + Mind + Spirit, Juvenile Nonfiction
- 4-8 years
- Random House Children's Books
- October 29, 2013
- November 12, 2013