Snow Globe Wishes

Sleeping Bear. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781534110311.
PreS-Gr 2–When a snowstorm sends workers home early, a family of four makes the most of the situation. The wind blows, the electricity falters, and everyone hunkers down for a cozy night at home. The family, which includes a dark-skinned mother, son and daughter and a light-skinned, mustachioed father, eat dinner sitting on the floor in front of a roaring fireplace while the snow quietly deepens outside the window. Told in rhyming couplets, the narrative describes the idyllic night, complete with a family storytime, a blanket fort, and sleeping on the living room floor. A bright morning brings a free day to spend together building snowmen, sledding, and making snow angels. A decorated tree in the corner indicates that Christmas is near, and the final wish is for the new year: “Peace on earth. Right now. Right here. Peace for all throughout the year!” Charming illustrations are childlike with their simple backgrounds and friendly villagers who join together in their wish for the future.
VERDICT This warmhearted story of family and community, filled with goodwill and hope, will have children wishing for a snow day. A solid seasonal choice.

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