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Uri Shulevitz

Author of Snow

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Works by Uri Shulevitz

Snow (1998) 1,576 copies, 61 reviews
The Treasure (1978) 1,102 copies, 25 reviews
How I Learned Geography (2008) 693 copies, 77 reviews
One Monday Morning (1967) 662 copies, 5 reviews
Rain Rain Rivers (1969) 189 copies, 6 reviews
Dawn (1974) 127 copies, 4 reviews
So Sleepy Story (2006) 106 copies, 9 reviews
The Magician (1973) 96 copies, 2 reviews
The Secret Room (1993) 85 copies, 5 reviews
The Golden Goose (1995) 77 copies, 11 reviews
Dusk (2013) 68 copies, 4 reviews

Associated Works

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1968) — Illustrator — 741 copies, 36 reviews
Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) — Illustrator — 656 copies, 16 reviews
Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural (1988) — Illustrator — 255 copies, 2 reviews
The Golem (1969) — Illustrator — 254 copies, 5 reviews
Hanukah Money (1978) — Illustrator — 223 copies, 2 reviews
The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World (1991) — Illustrator — 182 copies, 7 reviews
A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse (Hooked on Phonics, Book 29) (1987) — Illustrator, some editions — 154 copies
The Fools of Chelm and Their History (1973) — Illustrator — 117 copies, 2 reviews
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale (1997) — Illustrator — 54 copies, 5 reviews
The Lost Kingdom of Karnica (1979) — Illustrator — 27 copies
Soldier and Tsar in the Forest: A Russian Tale (1972) — Illustrator — 27 copies, 2 reviews
The Treasure of the Turkish Pasha (1965) — Illustrator — 20 copies, 2 reviews
The Month Brothers (1967) — Illustrator — 5 copies


Caldecott (199) Caldecott Honor (121) children (104) children's (153) children's book (48) children's books (52) children's literature (89) days of the week (43) dreams (41) fairy tales (41) fantasy (51) fiction (302) folklore (115) folktale (83) folktales (129) geography (102) Hanukkah (68) illustrated (36) imagination (63) Jewish (101) Judaica (34) Judaism (56) juvenile (32) literature (43) maps (63) multicultural (32) non-fiction (40) picture (44) picture book (557) poverty (38) refugees (43) Russia (51) seasons (76) short stories (57) snow (199) to-read (80) travel (33) weather (95) winter (235) WWII (46)

Common Knowledge

Poland (birth)
Warsaw, Poland
Places of residence
Warsaw, Poland (1935-1939)
Fugitive (1939-1947)
Paris, France (1947-1949)
Tel Aviv, Israel (1949-1959)
New York, New York, USA (1959- )
Teachers' Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv Art Institute
Brooklyn Museum Art School
soldier (Israeli army)
children's book author
children's book illustrator
Holocaust survivor
Awards and honors
Guggenheim Fellowship
Short biography
Uri Shulevitz was born to a Jewish family in Warsaw, Poland. He began drawing at the age of three and never stopped. He was four years old when Nazi Germany invaded in World War II. The family fled the city and spent eight years wandering across thousands of miles in Europe, eventually arriving in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books. He won first prize in an elementary school drawing competition in Paris's 20th arrondissement. In 1949, the family moved to Israel. Shulevitz worked at a variety of jobs, including as an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Tel Aviv Art Institute. At age 15, he was the youngest artist to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum. During the 1956 Suez-Sinai War, he joined the Israeli Army. In 1959, he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and worked as an illustrator for a Hebrew children's book publisher. In 1962, an editor at Harper & Row saw his freelance portfolio and suggested he create children's books. He published his first picture book, The Moon in My Room, in 1963.

Since then, he was written and illustrated many celebrated children’s books. He won the 1969 Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure (1978), Snow (1998), and How I Learned Geography (2008). Also among his more than 40 books are One Monday Morning, Dawn, and So Sleepy Story. In 2020, he published a memoir called Chance: Escape from the Holocaust: Memories of a Refugee Childhood.



Uri Shulevitz, I think I love you.
mrsandersonreads23 | 60 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
So, is "Dusk" a science fiction picture book because of the visitor from planet Zataplat??

I love this book so much, but I hate that it makes me want Christmas in April.
mrsandersonreads23 | 3 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.
PlumfieldCH | 60 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could. The award-winning artist's most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination. An author's note includes a brief description of his family's experience, two of his early drawings, and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time. How I Learned Geography is a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.… (more)
Quilt18 | 76 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |



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