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The Luckiest Snowball

Holiday House. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780823441051.
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PreS-Gr 1–A very lucky snowball has the opportunity to see all the seasons of the year with the help of a new friend. Izzy is playing outside in the snow one wintry day when a snowball they are about to fling suddenly speaks up and begs not to be thrown. Izzy overcomes the surprise very quickly, names the snowball Larry, and the two play together in the snow. At the end of the day, they head inside, but the warmth indoors causes Larry to exclaim, “Help! I’m melting!” So Izzy places the lucky snowball safely in the freezer where he waits for Izzy to return. Each season Izzy retrieves Larry from the freezer to briefly visit the world outside and each time when it gets too warm Larry yelps, “Help, I’m melting!” Finally, it’s winter again and Larry happily returns home, grateful that he’s had the opportunity to see the changing seasons. This fun story will spark readers’ imaginations and get them thinking about all the particular kinds of fun to be had throughout the year. The digital collage illustrations are bright, chunky, and colorful. Each season is given a few pages to shine and readers will enjoy finding the different signs of the changing seasons as the year progresses. A short description of each season with a “Did you know?” section and two-question prompts to spark conversation are appended.
VERDICT Entertaining and chock-full of excellent resources, this picture book is a great addition to a classroom library, or any library looking to add stories about the four seasons.

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