Snowman's Story

illus. by Will Hillenbrand. 32p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781477847879.
PreS-Gr 1—This endearing wordless picture book begins on a blustery winter's day as an owl drops a top hat in the snow, just the perfect sort of hat for a rabbit to hide in and the perfect sort of hat to picked up by the wind and blown onto the head of a snowman that has just been built by an owl, a bear, and a fox. Owl gives Snowman a book to read aloud, and when the story is done, they all go to sleep, except for rabbit, who climbs out of the top hat and runs off with the book. The others wake up and give chase, traversing a snow-covered field, crossing over a deep gorge, and climbing a treacherous hill, until they finally reach the rabbit's house and find her reading to her own little bunnies. Mixed-media illustrations have a charmingly innocent quality that artfully conveys both the gentle friendship and adventuresome spirit of these characters. A spacious wintry backdrop of sketchily drawn snow-dusted trees is overlaid with dots of falling snowflakes and warmed by the rosy roundness of Snowman. The wordless narrative is dynamic yet easily followed, perfect to share with pre-readers. An appealing addition to any seasonal collection.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
In this clever wordless story, a bear, fox, and bird first build a snowman, then hand it a book to read to them before bedtime (i.e., hibernation). A mischievous rabbit snatches the book, and a chase through the wintry landscape ensues. There's drama, humor, and adventure in the tale, illustrated with varied yet easy-to-follow mixed-media illustrations. Pair with Briggs's wordless classic The Snowman.

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