One sunny winter day, a child has a wonderful time building a snowman.But what happens to the snowman after the child goes home? A wordless story full of fresh, cold air and the beauty of winter follows the play of light and the natural rhythm of the unfolding day. A new way of looking at the world waits inside the covers of this delightful little book.
"Ages 3^-6. Under an orange wash of sunny sky, a child bounds across a solid white plain of snow in the first spread of this lovely, wordless picture book. In sublimely minimal, delicate watercolors, newcomer Peddle paints the child as he builds a snowman throughout the day, each page showing the sun's progression until dusk comes, and the snowman is left alone in the dark. The following image is worth the price of the book: the horizon disappears, and we are suddenly looking at the earth from space, the snowman sitting on top of it, stick arms outstretched to a galaxy of floating stars. Morning comes, a pink sun rises, and the snowman disappears in a radiant ball of golden light. Deceptively simple images leave this beautiful book wide open for interpretation. Young ones may find cosmic significance in the snowman, or they may think the story is simply about melting. Either way, this is one book adults and children will want to share, discuss, and return to again and again. Gillian Engberg"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Youngsters will be caught up in this wordless picture book right from the eye-catching snow-white front cover, overlaid with the spot-varnished images of a carrot nose and two coal eyes. Peddle's impressive debut pairs delicate, spare watercolors with a clever design to chronicle the beginning and end of a snowman in a single day. The artist opens with a white foreground and a tiny figure of a child below the yellow horizon. On subsequent pages, shadows lengthen as the child builds a snowman, the sun sets and the snowman stands alone against a deep blue sky filled with holiday-card snowflakes. At the turn of the page, the snowman perches atop the planet in a field of stars. The spaceship view disappears when dawn arrives, and finally, all that remains is a smudge of stick arms, pieces of coal and a carrot on a page as pristine as the snow itself. Peddle conveys a strong sense of narrative in the visual echoes he sets up. For instance, as the boy assembles the two bottom spheres of his snow creation, the head-sized noon sun appears to complete the picture. This playful configuration sets the stage for the later image of a one-dimensional snowman engulfed in the sun's halo. His witty approach allows children to enjoy the natural progression of the snowman's fate. Ages 3-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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