Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Claire Alexander
Published by Words & Pictures
Publication date: 3rd October 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again?
The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child’s imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and bravery make it a great choice for story time, as a bedtime read or on car trips. Children will love the crisp, wintry setting brought to life by Claire Alexander’s art.
Two children wake up to find their world transformed by snow so they set out to build a snowman…no, a snowbear! They throw snowballs, and slide on a sled…but end up going a lot further than they mean to. The sled finally stops deep in the dark woods, where dangerous creatures lurk. Can anyone help them get back home safely?
What I liked: Beautiful illustrations which complement the text perfectly. The snowy setting, sense of wonder at the snow and the power of children’s imagination.
Even better if: I can’t think of any way to improve this!
How you could use it in your classroom: Add it to your Book Advent or collection of seasonal books to read around winter. It would be interesting to start a discussion about the power of imagination – was the wolf really there? Did the Snow Bear come to save them? What really happened?
(Thank you to Netgalley and Words & Pictures for my e-ARC)