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November 28, 2011 (Escondido) --Children and families can celebrate winter at Westfield North County’s Family Fun Days, featuring a “Snowy Days” theme on Monday, December 5, 10– 11:00 a.m., at Westfield North County, Level 1, Center Court, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido.  The event also features story time with readings of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and “A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Children will design and create their own snow globe jars to take home and enjoy a healthy snack.


“The Snowy Day” is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day.


The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero".
“A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Minerva Louise, a white hen, likes snowy mornings, she wants to stay outside all day, but it's too cold. So, she starts looking for something warm to wear. After trying several inappropriate items (a flowerpot, a garden hose, etc.), she finds two mittens that make a fitting hat for her head, and for her tail. Minerva Louise expresses a range of emotions from pleasure to curiosity, ending with a self-satisfied strut as she wears her mittens.
For more information contact: Allie Lee, 310-280-3710, or (760) 489 0631 -


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