Though it’s not necessarily sustained, the poetic opening sets the tone for the text: “Fox and Hare were born in the spring, / grew up in the summer, / and were the best of friends by autumn.” One day, Bird drops down and tells the friends they’ll soon be able to play in “this thing called snow,” but the two don’t know what that is. They set out to query Bear, Caribou, Salmon, and Goose. Each compares snow to something they already know: “Snow is white like your fur,” Bear tells them, or “fluffy like your tails,” according to Salmon. The day passes, and darkness lowers, and they are no closer to an answer or to home, so they curl up together…while gentle flakes fall around them. Bear and Caribou, who began to fear the friends were lost, discover them in the morning, and Fox and Hare delight in the snow as they lead the larger animals back home. Zommer’s collagelike illustrations are full of marvelous textures and details in the rich and realistic colors of nature, and the wildlife depicted is more lifelike than cartoon. The one oddity is that Zommer depicts both eyes of each animal even in profile, leading to some peculiar appearances, especially for Goose and Salmon."