The Snowbear

illus. by Claire Alexander. 32p. words & pictures. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781910277430.
PreS-K—Siblings Iggy and Martina attempt to make a snowman. The children decide that the snowman looks more like a snowbear. They are content with their creation. After taking a ride down a steep hill, they encounter a wolf and don't know what to do next. Their snowbear comes to the rescue and gets them home safely. The text in this book is placed against a snowy white backdrop, making it easy to read. The dialogue pairs with the narration well. The illustrations are drawn in a cartoon style, and the bright snow-white background draws readers' focus to characters though a color contrast. The book uses light to communicate safety and darkness to communicate danger and mystery. Shadows are often used to give characters and scenery a three-dimensional effect. This book has themes of friendship, teamwork, and invention. When the snowbear is gone the next day, the children speculate about his whereabouts.
VERDICT An atmospheric seasonal read-aloud for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.

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