We had some late-season white fluffy stuff fall on our lawn this morning, and so in honor of the day, I thought I’d share with you two more cute children’s books about snow.
The first is “A Really Good Snowman” by Daniel J. Mahoney. Jack is having some issues with his little sister Nancy. She likes to be helpful, but her helpfulness is most often destructive. He’s been working really hard on a model airplane, and when Nancy comes in the room, she wants to help him with it. Picturing it as totally destroyed, he tells her that he’s going to the woods to enter a snowman contest. This doesn’t discourage Nancy one bit; she announces she’ll come with him.
Meeting up with his friends, Jack leaves Nancy to build her own snowman. When the end of the contest draws near, there are all sorts of men. Skinny, big, happy, sad – they all looked a little different from each other. But Nancy’s looks like a lump, and the other children start to tease her. Jack comes to the rescue and helps her build a really great snowman, and he realizes just why Nancy tries so hard to help – it just feels good. (This book was published by Clarion Books in 2005 and was illustrated by the author.)
Our other selection is “Snow Moon,” by Nicholas Brunelle. What caught my eye first about this book was the beautiful blue and silver cover. We open it to find a dreamy, sleepy story about snow falling to the earth, reminding a child of feathers. He dreams that the feathers become a snowy owl, and he follows the owl across fields of white, through trees and over a bridge, until he comes to Owl Ridge. There are hundreds of owls there, each drifting and soaring on air currents, fluttering to the ground just like snow. The illustrations are done in various shades of blue, giving us an impression of winter and nighttime, and falling to sleep. (This book was published by Viking in 2005 and was also illustrated by the author.)