The Most Perfect Snowman

illus. by Chris Britt. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062377043.
PreS-Gr 1—Drift is a snowman who was made early in the winter, with stick arms and five rocks to form his face. He envies other snowmen adorned with hats, scarves, mittens, and carrot noses. He is scorned and ridiculed by well-dressed snowmen who participate in group activities. Sadly, he is left to solitary pursuits. One day, children give him a hat, mittens, scarf, and a carrot nose, and Drift happily plays with them. But he later discovers that he has lost his hat and mittens. When a bunny creeps by at the onset of a snowstorm, Drift demonstrates his warm heart as he bundles the creature in his scarf and feeds him his carrot nose. Distinctive illustrations rendered in watercolor, acrylic, and Tombow pencil depict emotions, movement, and lots of engaging details. The fantastical story will generate thoughts and conversations about the value of appearance, group engagement, empathy, and generosity.
VERDICT A perfect addition to seasonal picture book collections.

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