Written by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
and Yanitzia Canetti (Translator)
Illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
Published by Child's Play International
When Nieve/Snow’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different the weather, the food, the people and the language. Nieve/Snow tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care. Will anything happen to help Nieve/Snow feel more at home? A charming debut picture book about the anxieties and hardships of moving, with a heart-warming, positive ending.
READ about how Child’s Play International and I’m Your Neighbor Books changed this book in protest of the child separation policies of ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Primary ISBN: 9781786285157
Available As: Hardcover (4/1/21), Paperback (Available Now)
Picture Book, Age 05 or older
Community Represented: Animals/Allegory
Themes: Allegory, Bilingual Book: Spanish/English, Bilingual Character, Cross-Group Friendship, Educator Resource, Engagement Tool: I'm Your Neighbor Books Created, Family Relationship: Parents, Immigrant: Employment, Welcoming by School
Setting: Fictional location
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
Engagement Projects & Resources:
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These traditional preschool activities include the following conversation starters on immigration and classroom welcoming and belonging.
DOWNLOAD Mask Activity: Seeing Through Nieve/Snow’s Eyes
The polar bear Nieve/Snow is new to the jungle and new to her school. We have all been “new” at one time. Making and wearing this mask might help you feel what it is like to be Nieve/Snow. New kids and immigrants feel welcome when you say in words and actions, “I know how you feel.”
DOWNLOAD Dot to Dot Activity: Connecting with Nieve/Snow
I bet you can count the number of kids in your classroom or in this room. As you connect the dots from 1 to 35, think about the ways all of those kids are connected. What words or actions will make you more connected? What makes Nieve/Snow feel connected to her classmates?
DOWNLOAD Maze Activity: Helping Nieve/Snow
Nieve/Snow’s seal toy is special to her because its reminds of her old home in the Arctic. As an immigrant child, she can be both excited about her new home and sad for all the things she left behind. Can you help her find the seal toy she lost so she feels more at home here?
DOWNLOAD Welcoming Library Discussion Questions
These discussion questions were created by I’m Your Neighbor Books for the Welcoming Library. The Welcoming Library is a traveling collection of picture books set in our New Arrival and New American communities. From small towns to big cities, these immigration stories are helping readers (of all ages) Welcome and Belong. Consider bringing a Welcoming Library to your community.