Monday, December 17, 2012

Short Story Spotlight: Snow Day by Ben H. Winters

"Snow Day" by Ben H. Winters. from Jack & Jill, Nov/Dec2012, Vol. 74 Issue 6, p6-7.

Today’s short story comes from the November/December 2012 issue of Jack & Jill Magazine. I was drawn to the story because it is by Ben H. Winters, who writes the Bethesda Fielding mystery stories. "Snow Day" is for a slightly younger audience than his novels, but it’s still an enjoyable read.

James and Zeke are brothers. After his wish for a snow day comes true, James becomes convinced that he can control what happens to him by wishing for what he wants to happen. Practical-minded Zeke doesn’t believe in wishing, and he grows more and more frustrated as James’s wishes keep coming true. Only in the end when James fails to get his way does Zeke finally have the last word.

When I was a kid, I was really drawn to lighthearted slice of life stories like this one, because I liked imagining what other families were like. Not much happens in this quick glimpse into the relationship between two brothers, but the strong dialogue and gentle joking between the two boys is enough to keep the reader interested. I think most kids who live in snowy climates wish for snow days, so the subject matter is perfectly relatable for this time of year. I also think many kids would love to have the power to wish for things, and this story raises important questions about what life would be like if we did get everything we wished for.

Share this story with kids who wish for snow, or who need something to do on their own snow day.

I accessed this short story through my local public library’s subscription to the MasterFILE Premier database.

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