Snow by Carol Thompson.
Child’s Play (International) Ltd., Swindon, UK, 2014.
Picture book in board book format, 10 pages.
Winner of the Best Book Award from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.
Snow is part of a series on different types of weather. This book features a very young African American (possibly mixed race) boy seeing snow, preparing to go outside, experiencing and interacting with the snow in different ways, and finally returning inside as he gets cold.
This was another Target pick that I found completely delightful. As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on building a board book library for the littlest member of our family. This book is square and larger than the typical board book, although it doesn’t have many pages. It definitely needs to be held by bigger hands at first, or laid on the floor for a child to turn pages.
The words are sparse and written into the pictures on the white areas. Most of the words are onomatopoeia, with a few no more than five word sentences. The book could easily tell a complete story to a child even if the words were never read aloud to the child (although of course I encourage you to read the words and enrich your child’s experience).
The illustrations are delightful. In particular, I felt that Thompson appropriately visualized the way a very young child’s hair grows in, how as the strands of hair get long enough they begin to curl but there is a stage of tight curls mixed with wavier or even straight strands that haven’t grown in enough yet. The graphics also convey a sense of delight, and the use of mixed media (with drawn characters) adds depth and interest without overwhelming the young reader.
Overall I was pleased with this book. The bigger kids had a look and seemed to enjoy it, but it didn’t hold their interest long as the simple story is quickly conveyed with a single read-through.
The pages are significantly thinner than what I normally would think of as a board book. That combined with the larger than normal size makes this look a little more like a “real” book. This is a transitional board book – one that Baby could listen to sitting in an adult’s lap but not one to play with independently because it would get all chewed up! Toddlers seem to be the intended age group for this book – able to hold and interact with the bigger size, less destructive on a book, and could sit and look through the pictures to understand the story.
This book is part of a series but the pictures online didn’t really make it clear whether the others are all diverse. They don’t all feature the same characters, so I won’t be ordering any others unless I can flip through a copy beforehand.
However, I can recommend this book as a welcome addition to your home or kindergarten classroom library, or a gift for a toddler.