Spring and all those daffodils can seem a long way off if you live in the Snowbelt or even in New Jersey, where we’ve had a frigid week. A book that could get a young child excited about lingering snow is Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days: The Fifth Book of Their Adventures (Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read/Aladdin, 48 pp., $3.99, paperback, ages 4-8), with words by Cynthia Rylant and by Suçie Stevenson. A boy and his affectionate dog enjoy a different winter pleasure – the first snowfall, a Christmas Eve dinner and a family walk at night — in each of three amusing stories by one of the best author-illustrator teams working in the field of beginning-reader books. Other books in the series include Henry and Mudge: The First Book, Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan, Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover and Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House www.henryandmudge.com. A review of Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days, also available in hardcover and audio editions, appeared on Dec. 7, 2007 www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/.
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