The Snow Lion
Written by Jim Helmore
Illustrated by Richard Jones
Published by Simon Schuster
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Age range: 4+
Summary (from Goodreads):
From the fabulous partnership of award-winning author Jim Helmoreand the brilliant Richard Jones comes a stunning book about friendship.
When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. There’s only so much exploring she can do by herself! It’s not long though before she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. He’s as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it’s soon time for Caro to venture out on her own . . .
With a slightly magical, classic feel and a lovely message, The Snow Lion is a story which will appeal to children and parents alike, and the beautiful illustrations make this a book to treasure.
There were lots of places for Caro to explore.
But she wished she had someone to play with.
Ordered this in to my local library after seeing the cover online – I was not disappointed! The illustrations are so soft that you want to touch them and there is so much character in every line of the snow lion and Caro’s face. I liked the muted colour palette; it made me feel as if the world is a bit muffled, like after a heavy snowfall.
The story follows Caro as she ventures out into a new neighbourhood after moving into a new house with her mum. Inside the house, everything is white and sterile, while the local children seem to be quite happy with the friends they already have. Then, the Snow Lion appears and Caro gains the courage to step out into her new world.
While this may not stand up to lots of rereadings due to the simple story, there is a lot to look for and discuss in the pictures. I would recommend it as a comforting read for children who are facing change in their lives, or for anyone who would appreciate the gorgeous artwork.
What I liked: Beautiful illustrations, reassuring message for children, fits with the season!
Even better if: I would have liked if the ending had opened up the possibility for the snow lion to help other children.
How you could use it in your classroom: Perfect for reading at this time of year! Could spark a discussion about what home means and how you can make new friends.
(Thank you to my wonderful library for ordering in a copy for me!)