A Thing Called Snow

Random/Doubleday. Nov. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593377888.
Toddler-PreS–Best friends Fox and Hare, both of the arctic variety, have never seen snow. Born in the spring, the pair senses a change in the air. Bird, an arctic tern, informs them winter is on the way. “Soon you will be able to jump, leap, and bounce in this thing called snow!” Bear, Caribou, Salmon, and Goose all describe snow as white, cold, fluffy, and sparkly. Simple misidentification ensues. “Is that snow?” the friends ask when they see white flowers in the meadow, water spray in the stream, clouds in the sky, and stars reflected in the lake. Fox and Hare’s search ends unsuccessfully as the day concludes and they seek shelter together in a nearby canoe. The friends are delighted to wake up to a “bright white morning like no other.” Cozy digital illustrations use earthy tones and cut-outs for a folksy style. The illustrations are placed on full spreads without borders, but there is a Jan Brett-like snuggled-up vibe. The story, albeit thin, may be just the ticket for older toddlers transitioning to longer narratives. As the two friends search for something they have never seen before, preschoolers will enjoy being in on the secret.
VERDICT Recommended as an optional purchase for the enchanting illustrations and a topic of endless childhood fascination.

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