Although being snowbound in a Welsh farmhouse is at first a great adventure, three children must soon concentrate on finding food, fuel, and help....
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Snowed Up Reviews
4.5 stars rounded up. This was such a good old fashioned children's adventure, you could tell what was coming but that made it all the more fun. Four children are staying with their aunt and uncle in Wales, when disaster strikes the three younger children are sent home in a snowstorm and you can just imagine what happens next!We really liked the characters, particularly Verity who was hopping about in excitement at the first sight of snowflakes just like we would be, and Brian who gave us a laugh out loud moment by the narator telling how he had to drag himself away from his English-Welsh dictionary to look at the snow and grown up 13 yr old Susan who frowned at it!We enjoyed the home making scenes of the disused farmhouse and the part where on hearing noises they discover (view spoiler)[ a buried group of sheep in the drifted snow, one with a newborn lamb. It was lovely the children cared so much about the animals(hide spoiler)]At the end of the story they have a Christmas celebration for what they call 'Old Christmas' on the 6th of December. There is a very touching scene where (view spoiler)[ Verity brings a branch covered in icicles and finds a candle stump to light and puts the tree in a manger by the sheep and new born lamb and they sing a carol(hide spoiler)]Highly recommended.
I’m on a quest – limited only by my bank account -- to discover the works of Rosalie K. Fry, book by book. Ever since encountering the hauntingly beautiful “The Secret of Roan Inish,” a film based on a children’s book by Fry, I’ve been wanting know more about the story’s creator that can be supplied by her few sketchy, Google-able biographical facts. So I’m making an attempt to discover the artist through her art. The book I pulled off the top of my stack of three was Snowed Up. As the title suggests, the tale’s young protagonists find themselves in the midst of an adventure caused by a blizzard. And some disturbingly myopic adults. I suppose if the children had remained in safety they wouldn’t have been allowed to become part of this sweet adventure but still, did Fry have to create adults with such weirdly dense priorities in order to set off the story’s chain of events? Those events include a fair amount of danger which forces the children to – cheerfully, always cheerfully -- reach inside themselves to discover hidden stores of resourcefulness. They encounter an abandoned house whose name – Pen Mynydd (not quite as magical as Roan Inish but still lovely in a British Isles sort of way) -- they find carved in stone above one of the doors. Instead of magical seals, Snowed Up contains hungry sheep and an edible called a “swede,” ingested gratefully by both human and ovines (the S in “swede” is not capitalized so no, they don’t become so desperate as to develop a taste for Scandinavians). Aside from one dreamy Christmas-inspired moment towards the end, the magical quotient in the book isn’t quite as high as that found in Roan Inish. And for all the danger the Snowed Up children face, the basic tenor of the book is as bright as the sun sparkling on the snow that reaches all the way up to the second floor windows of Pen Mynydd. Snowed Up was published in 1970 when I was 10, and although I didn’t read anything British outside of The Chronicles of Narnia when I was around that age, this book seemed somehow vaguely familiar: I don’t recall reading anything darker. Perhaps tragedy-as-children’s-story might have been introduced a few years later, in 1977 with Bridge to Terebithia. Current 10 year-olds devour dystopian novels like The Hunger Games (and the Harry Potter series had plenty of dark moments) but back in 1970, adventure books – at least those that flowed from the lovely pen of Rosalie K. Fry – weren’t all that scary. All told, Snowed Up is a sweet little tale and I’m looking forward to reading my next Fry book in April.
A charming story about siblings who get caught in a blizzard in Wales.
I really loved this book. It was really well written and I just loved it.
A kid survival story, set in Wales. The kid's who were underestimated by the adults in the story proved to be truly resourceful.
Three children in Wales get stranded in an abandoned house during a blizzard after they miss their bus home. No one knows they're there, so it's quite an adventure.
This was read for an assignment in a publishing course. We were to read an out-of-print book and then create a book proposal to bring this back in print. While my proposal will focus on the need for realistic survival stories, and perfect timing with the survival theme in dystopian YA, this review will be different.Anna, Brian, and Verity are cousins visiting family in Wales. Their aunt slips on some ice as a terrible blizzard sets in, and Aunt Marian and Uncle Fred decide the children need to head back to London immediately. The children miss the bus that would take them to the train station, and they are stranded in a farmhouse. The next several days the three scramble to find and make food, boil water, sleep, and keep warm till they devise a plan to be rescued. On the surface it's an excellent read, especially for children. As an adult reader, though, I have to admit some flaws. First, there are very little descriptors. Sometimes it was difficult to distinguish between characters, and the story is mostly dialogue driven. I was surprised when hours had passed as one character spoke two sentences, such as "I am going to pack my bags. There, now I'm done, so let's check on Brian." (Not an actual quote.) But when the children are stranded, the story became very fun to read. What sort of food would they eat? How do they plan to keep warm? How will they escape the buried farmhouse? In a time without cell phones and easy transportation, how did these children get in touch with other people in order to be rescued? Little hints are dropped throughout, a small mystery for child readers to solve as the story progresses.