The Snowy Day meets Last Stop on Market Street in this heartwarming classic in the making about a young boy who is in a new town and doesn’t have much, but with the help of a loving community discovers the joys of his first snowy day.
On the day it snows, Gabo sees kids tugging sleds up the hill, then coasting down, whooping all the while. Gabo wishes he could join them, but his hat is too small, and he doesn’t have boots or a sled.
But he does have warm and welcoming neighbors in his new town who help him solve the problem in the sweetest way possible!
In Otheguy's gently bilingual, community-centered narrative, Gabo, a shy Latinx child with orange skin who wears a blue jacket, is new in town, and unprepared to join classmates on the hill outside on "the day it snowed." With help from Mami ("Vamos a resolver"), Gabo heads out wearing layered socks and Papi's rolled yellow beanie, with plastic bags tied around his sneakers, determined to find a sled and perhaps join the other kids. He runs into friendly neighbors Se or Ramos, Se ora Tob n, T o Tim, and Madrina, who each encourage Gabo in their own way especially Madrina, who hands him a plastic lunch tray from the school cafeteria where she works. When Se or Ramos's granddaughter Isa, also orange-skinned, approaches him, Gabo gets to share what he's received. Gonz lez adds textural digital illustrations reminiscent of Mary Blair and vintage holiday cards, illuminating spreads with highlighter pinks, yellows, and greens. This sweet tale will thaw readers' hearts with its themes of resourcefulness and friendship. Ages 4 8.