Through the North Pole Snow

Candlewick. Oct. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536228526.
PreS-Gr 1–While out searching for something to eat on a cold, dark night, a cute white fox finds dinner in an unexpected place: Santa’s house! Lured there by the warmth and light emanating from his rooftop, the fox quickly makes himself at home as Santa shares his dinner and bedroom. The mixed media artwork depicts several instances of onomatopoeia included in the text (“Thump! Again and again, it sprang up and punched down into the thick white blanket.”) and gives readers a sneak peek of what Santa is up to during all four seasons. The fox is close by while Santa does chores and tasks that help him get ready for next Christmas. Lists are made, toys are created, and letters that fall from the sky are read. Santa and the fox become inseparable. A reference to Santa’s love of cookies brings in a bit of humor. The cozy picture book ends with a lovely scene of a happier Santa and the fox, both cheerfully content with their new arrangement at home.
VERDICT A beautifully illustrated holiday picture book for people looking for a unique Christmas story.

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