FICTION

Snowmen Live Forever

Eerdmans. Aug. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802855268.
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PreS-Gr 2–In this import from France, a spring thaw doesn’t dampen the friendship between a snowman and his forest pals. Squirrel, Hedgehog, Rabbit, and Owl love playing with the Snowman and hearing stories about his worldly travels. When the warm up comes, the Snowman becomes an “almost unrecognizable” puddle. The animals are sad until they learn from Master Bear that melted snow flows naturally from the mountains to the sea, and they set off to find their friend. Dedieu’s large scale, painterly illustrations show the charming critters piled into a wooden crate go-cart, with Squirrel at the helm, wearing an aviator helmet, and on a homemade raft, with Owl perched at the top of the mast. The fablelike text has poetic moments, as when exasperated Hedgehog sighs “We’re looking for a drop of water in the big wide ocean!” Turning their attention skyward, the animals are greeted by a snowman-shaped cumulus cloud and the promise of a reunion when the first snowflake falls.
VERDICT An eye-catching seasonal selection.

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