The Little General and the Giant Snowflake by Matthea Harvey

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The Little General and the Giant Snowflake is a beautifully illustrated allegory by a leading poet, perfect for children and adults alike. The little general heads an army called the Realists, and every day he and his troops practice battle formations on a field, while the Dreamers use it to play strange, peaceful games. His soldiers include Sergeant Samantha, wishes the general would pay attention to her, and Lieutenant Lyle, who always seems to get into trouble. One day the little general sees a giant snowflake hovering in his garden. Ashamed, he pretends not to see it, but eventually he discovers that everyone in his army has a similar problem. What magical message is the snowflake trying to bring to the general, and to the world?

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Matthea Harvey is the author of Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She is the poetry editor of American Letters & Commentary and lives in Brooklyn.
Published November 1, 2009 by Tin House Books. 64 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction

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Caitlin Minamiji, age 10: At the beginning of The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, the Little General is finishing his tea while watching his favorite program, Order in the Wilderness.

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