Blizzard is based on John Rocco s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window It ends with the neighborhood s immense relief upon seeing thBlizzard is based on John Rocco s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window It ends with the neighborhood s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first.
Blizzard Blizzard is based on John Rocco s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of which brought inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island Told with a brief text and dynamic illustra

  • Title: Blizzard
  • Author: John Rocco
  • ISBN: 9781423178651
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Blizzard by John Rocco is based on the Blizzard of ’78, but when I spotted this cover from across the room my first thought was—“Hey! They made a book about my winter already?!” :DNew England was hit with snow upon snow upon snow this winter, but it still can’t compete with the events of 1978. This is John Rocco’s story as a 10 year old boy living and surviving the Blizzard of '78.A warm story for a cold time. Sharing, teamwork, and community shine in this book. I adored it!The fold [...]

    2. For those who know me, the coveted 5 star rating comes to this book because it turns on the memory machine of a "little girl in 1978" when the blizzard didn't just hit new England, but I think the whole country. It certainly hit the Midwest and with it came experiences we children had not experienced as farm kids. What I remember most is seeing my non-church going father be a true Christian to men trying to get home from work, and seeing our home as a beacon in the night. My dad let them in, let [...]

    3. Rocco is inspiring me to think about which picture book author/illustrators are guaranteed must read creators. This guy does no wrong in my world. A title full of different things for different readers - nostalgia for a different, simpler time, adventure imagined, celebration of family and neighbourhood and just plain wow of winter and weather.

    4. I remember this blizzard! So cool that John Rocco wrote about it! I know my students will love this book!

    5. Fun read aloud by Dad tonight. As we read, we compared the stories of the kids’ grandpa growing up in Wyoming. He had similar experiences. Loved the double fold-out page.

    6. I loved this picture book and the concept behind it. The art was beautiful and I absolutely loved that our main character took charge of a situation that all of the adults of the town were incapable of doing. A full review will be coming.

    7. The author describes his experiences during the Blizzard of '78, which buried New England under more than 40 inches of snow.

    8. A fun snow tale! The next time your kids get a snow day from school, you can pull this one out. Although it might get their hopes up that the weather will turn into a blizzard for days and days Cleanliness: Someone says "thank heaven."Ages: 4 - 8**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you [...]

    9. Blizzards are yearly occurrences for anyone who lives in the frozen north, but for those who've lived in this climate more than a few years, we tend to have that one storm that stands out -- this is John Rocco's story of his experience of being snowed in for a week, written from the perspective of an adventurous young boy.Full review here: theproblemsite/book-s

    10. As he did so successfully with his previous title, Blackout, John Rocco returns to a time not too far in the distant, and manages to conjure up a distinct sense of time and place. The picture book focuses on the Blizzard of 1978 when parts of New England were buried in 40 inches of snow. At first, just about everyone is joyous as the flakes fall, and then as they drift into doorways, making it hard to move, families are resigned to simply spending lots of time together. But after a few days of t [...]

    11. A few words from the author extracted from the book:"On Monday, February 6, 1978, New England experienced one of the biggest snowstorms in its history, It snowed for two days, and by the time it stopped, parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were buried under forty inches of snow.() The wind was blowing fifty miles an hour and created snowdrifts up to fifteen feet high. Where I grew up in Rhode Island, it took over a week for snowplows to get to our street. This book is based on [...]

    12. Neat story--I liked this a little better than his other book Blackout because I liked their thoughts and seeing his adventure to the store. A fun one to try in a Wintery theme for storytime. And, of course, I like that it is based on a true story.1/13/16 Used in B is for theme. The kids were definitely mesmerized by all the things that they were experiencing. They're used to snow, but they've never seen a blizzard. I had to explain the word to them before we began. They liked to see his journey [...]

    13. This book curiously would pair perfectly with the last book we read by John Rocco, Blackout. It's based on a childhood memory and highlights the magic associated with snow days and the world "shutting down". The illustrations are great, especially the large middle spread showing an aerial view of his neighborhood and his exploratory route out of it to make it to the store for supplies. I was a bit underwhelmed to see that he really only needed to go five houses down the street to get hold of the [...]

    14. A fun story of adventure in extreme snow, told with fantastic details in the illustrations. The text is straightforward, but the pictures really shine. The story starts before the title page - snowy endpages, and an opening page of our young hero, yardstick in hand, getting buried by the snow. Kids in my town, who get snow days when ice is forecast, but rarely get enough snow to play in, might find this particularly exciting. I loved the days of the week worked into the illustrations, the gentle [...]

    15. This is a really fun tale based on author-illustrator John Rocco's real childhood experience of a blizzard on the east coast. The pictures are cute and gently recall the 70s era of the setting. After a week of being snowed in, the main character's spirited adventure to walk a mile with tennis rackets on his feet just to bring a few provisions home and to his neighbors feels daring but comforting at the same time--a real life adventure within reach.

    16. Age: Preschool-1st gradeA pretty typical winter story with fine illustrations, a fold out spread with a track map, and the most ingenious end note. Rocco explains that he was there during the Blizzard of '78 that buried his family and neighbors under forty inches of snow--which is four times the height of the book. I love that kids can get a visual for the snowfall by using the book as a measuring device. Brilliant!

    17. Having grown up on the East coast, I appreciated all the adventure that a heavy snowfall promises. Rocco's artwork is stunning, as usual. Frankly, I think this artwork is even better than his Caldecott Honor work in Blackout. Snow is not an easy effect to illustrate, but Rocco has mastered it, along with injecting delightful details in every image. I particularly enjoyed how the story was inspired by his own personal experience as a kid. Well done!

    18. Rocco brings the Blizzard of 1978 to life as he recounts his experienceshool cancelled, drinking hot cocoa, playing in the snowd beginning to worry because they were running low on supplies but couldn't get to the store. So Rocco prepares his sleigh, checks with his neighbors and heads to town to buy supplies. I love the illustrations and love hearing this true story. It's a perfect text to use in my class right now as we study and write personal narratives.

    19. As someone born right after the Blizzard, I mean RIGHT AFTER, this is a fun book. (According to wiki there are two, the Great Lakes one in January and the New England one -which this book refers to- a week later. I'm familiar with the Great Lakes Blizzard) There is a fantastic fold out illustration that is very reminicent of a family circus cartoon. Great picture book addition.

    20. This was a fun book about a subject kids love - snow! It does a nice job showing some of the ways in which a blizzard is different than simply receiving snow. The illustrations are fantastic. I really like the way that the outdoor scenes give me a cold feeling, and the indoor scenes use color to portray a warm feeling.

    21. I was 7 years old during this storm. Our power went out so we heated our home with our Fisher Wood Stove. My father made what we now affectionately call "Storm Stew" on that wood stove. We all slept on the floor in the kitchen to stay warm and wore our coats, hats and mittens to bed. This book brought back many happy memories.

    22. Based on the Blizzard of '78, John Rocco tells the story of how he trudged to the store through over three feet of snow, with tennis rackets tied to his feet, to get food for his family and his neighbors. Illustrations are basic in style, but vivid in color.

    23. I love John Rocco's city and family illustrations! This is a fun true adventure story based on the blizzard of '78 in New England. John was light enough to walk on top of the snow (with tennis rackets tied to his feet!) to get provisions for his family and neighbors.

    24. The Norman Rockwellesque quality of John Rocco’s artwork makes the urban landscape leap from the pages of this remarkable retelling of the New England blizzard of 1978.

    25. Loved Blackout and love Blizzard! Autobiographical story of the Blizzard of '78 that blanketed parts of the North East.

    26. A true story about being snowed in and a young boy rescuing family and neighbors with a trip to the store. Great story, engaging pictures, and loved by a kindergartner. What more could you want?

    27. A great tale of the great blizzard of 1978 based on the author/illustrator's own experiences being stranded at home for many days. Kids will thoroughly enjoy this one.

    28. "‘Blizzard"’ made by John Rocco is new book from known author of several successful books for children, including "‘Blackout"’ which was awarded as New York Times Best Book of the Year and winner of a 2012 Caldecott Honor.In "‘Blizzard"’ for its theme Rocco took actual events from his childhood when huge blizzard hit his hometown in Rhode Island. The story will begin with just a few flakes but by the time when school will close and children will have to return home, there would be lot of s [...]

    29. This book is a Nebraska Golden Sower nominee for 2016 and is written by a former Caldecott Honoree.This book shows, with amazing pictures, the story of two children who witness a snowfall. The first flake falls while they're in school and soon, school is let out early due to snow fall and a whipping wind. The snow fell and fell and finally, the next morning, snow covered the front door so the children had to climb out a window to go sledding. The children returned home and enjoyed a fire and hot [...]

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