If it's Snowy and You Know it, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman


If it's Snowy and You Know it, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman

Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff, the team behind the delightful Ten on the Sled, have created another irresistible winter-themed romp. This humorous variation on the classic song If You're Happy and You Know It introduces a group of adorable animals playing joyfully in the snow. They tumble on the tundra, catch snowflakes on their tongues, sculpt snowcritters and make a frosty fort. But can they go with the flow when their wild adventure drifts in a surprising direction? Young readers will laugh and sing along!


A wintry riff on the popular participation song, with a cast of appropriate cold-climate animals. A rabbit in sunglasses slides down a snowy hill, using a polar bear pal as a sled. Penguin, walrus, fox and others look on approvingly. The text faithfully follows the rhythms of the song as these characters frolic. 'If your fur is full of flurries, taste a flake

. 'If it's shimmery and sunny, sculpt a friend

.) They also build a fort, blow a kiss, give a roar and share a meal ('If it's starry and you're starving...'). Everyone shares a cave at the end of the day: 'If it's sleeting and you're sleepy, climb in bed.

's like a big pajama party. In their sleep, all dream of more exciting fun they can have tomorrow. Norman's solid variations on the preschool song are completely singer-friendly, supported by Woodruff's crisply drawn, smiling animals, in watercolor, colored pencil and pastel. Consistently entertaining and engaging. All together now! -- Kirkus Reviews

'If it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws.'

--from bears to bunnies to seals--are shown cavorting across the double-page spreads, skiing, sledding, skating, and generally having a great time. Toward the end, the action slows with tired and cold animals seeking indoor activities such as reading, drawing, or sleepovers. Begging to be sung at storytime, the lyrics roll off the tongue easily. Search no longer for the book to brighten long, dreary days. Once children learn the verses, they will sing this tune all winter long. Pair with Ten on a Sled (2010), also by this talented author-illustrator team. -- Booklist

About the Author

Kim Norman has been a singer, songwriter, artist and comedic actress. Her picture books include Crocodaddy (9781454901303), Ten on the Sled (9781402770760) and The Great Christmas Crisis (9781402786327). Kim lives in VA.

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24 pages


Kim Norman
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Publication date

31st October 2013



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