Snow Much Fun!

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062741127.
PreS-Gr 1–Berry, a white bear, and Ginger, a beige squirrel, convince their hesitant friend Willow, a blue rabbit, that playing in the snow is fun. After it snows “through a day and a night,” Willow accompanies Berry and Ginger outside, though she would much rather stay indoors and eat marshmallows. But she soon discovers the enjoyment of sledding, ice skating, and building snow animals. As well as making cookies for her friends, setting out popcorn and apple garlands for the birds, and even skiing. In fact, it is Willow’s suggestion that the trio play a game of ice hockey after they enjoy cocoa in front of their warm fire. The text features some interesting rhymes such as “whoosh, shoosh, smoosh!;” “twirling and whirling;” “gliding and sliding;” and “flopping and plopping.” Gibson uses handmade props and photography to create the charming illustrations. The three friends, who resemble stuffed animals, are clothed in knit sweaters and felt scarves and vests, sport bootielike skates and cloth hockey helmets, and build cotton-ball snow creatures. Readers will recognize many of the materials that form the furniture in their cozy cottage.
VERDICT This delightful offering is a celebration of the joys of winter and may encourage reluctant youngsters to give new activities a try.

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