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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Davy wants to play outside where there is lots of snow and likes riding down the great hill. Davy wants to go outside and play but his mother wants him to finish practicing violin first. Davy gets his violin and plays Bach. He gets ready to go out and play and wears his winter clothing. He sings a tune as he clomps his way to the big hill. He thinks his sled is an airplane while sliding down the hill. His hat and scarf fly off while riding down fast, and so do his jacket, snow pants, and boots. His father thinks Davy is stupendous as Davy lands with a bump. Davy wants to do it again.
Davy’s Ride Down by Michele Cronin is an adorable story that captures the beauty of winter and the enthusiasm of a little boy who enjoys playing in the snow. Davy’s energy and ebullience are both infectious and show children how the winter season can be enjoyed. The illustrations are colorful and they bring Davy, the snowy slopes, and the scenes alive. Children love adventures of all kinds and Davy’s snowy adventure and vigor are palpable while reading the story. The book is good for storytelling sessions, both at home and school. The questions at the end of the story and the points to ponder are interactive and good to help young readers reflect on what they have read. The book encourages young readers to be imaginative and, like Davy, it will help them enjoy the winter season.