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Good Morning Snowplow! is a gently engaging and reassuring picture book about a snow plow operator clearing the streets at night while everyone else sleeps. It has a poetic rhythm with rhyming couplets and smooth cadence.
It begins with a snowplow worker leaving his home. He carries a small lunch box and is accompanied by a doleful looking brown dog. The worker carefully checks his machinery before moving the vehicle and then step by step begins his methodical, important routine.
The lines are beautifully poetic as the plow breakthrough obstacles.
“Waves of white curl off the blade.
In its wake, a trail is laid.”
As someone who has spent a great deal of time driving after dark through snow, I can connect easily with the text, but anyone who has never experienced a northern winter would feel as though they were sitting in the passenger seat.
I especially like that this book draws attention to an overlooked but essential job. Sometimes the snowplow worker is vilified instead of honored for his/her tremendously important work. Children should be taught to appreciate everyone who contributes to the safety and well-being of others.
The illustrations are an ideal match to the text. You can almost reach out and catch a snowflake. The muted colors and a dominant blue portray a silent winter evening perfectly.
I like that when the snowplow worker exited the truck to see what was happening, he kept his dog on a leash. Small details like that are important in children’s books.
One thing that struck me as odd was the necessary use of commas in parts.
“Goodnight, homes, and goodnight, cars.”
The words and the pictures worked together to slow the pace and give the other world sensation of a night job. Extra commas just seemed awkward.
All in all, this is a wonderful book to add to a child’s library. A different take on that fierce and fascinating season called winter.