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Charlotte's Snowman by Lainey Dee, with illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills, is a delightful book from an author who really knows and understands young children, having worked extensively as a nanny.
For youngsters of 4 to 6 years, the story is about Charlotte, who wakes up one winter's morning to every child's dream...a heavy snowfall. Rushing out to make a snowman, she soon imbues him with a lovely character, who wants Charlotte's hat, scarf and gloves because he feels cold and a tissue to blow his nose! Inevitably, the sun comes out and the new friendship has to end but the snowman assures Charlotte that he will only be sleeping underground, ready for her to make him all over again the next time it snows.
The accompanying pictures complement the text beautifully, being colourful and natural. The language flows well within them, I loved the use of words like 'oodles' and 'thoughtful' especially. It may not be a new theme or have the impact of Raymond Briggs but this is a great book for reading aloud at this time of year and young children will love it and be reassured if they've had a similar experience of losing a beloved snowman.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Children love building snowmen. When they add a nose, eyes, and mouth to their snowman, they get a magical feeling that their snowman has his own personality. And... sometimes snowmen do come alive! Charlotte wakes up and sees that it's snowing... it's snowing and it's snowing. She runs outside to build a snowman. She fixes a carrot for the snowman's nose, a stick for his mouth, and two stones for his eyes. But the snowman has many demands, so Charlotte has to part with her gloves, scarf and hat; so her snowman wouldn't feel cold. But the sun comes up all of a sudden, and Charlotte cannot find her snowman anymore. She is sad. Then, she learns that her snowman hasn't disappeared completely, but is hiding in the ground, waiting to emerge next winter. A great book for those children who miss their much loved snowman when winter in over.
|Publication date:||27th November 2020|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Puzzles / Activities, Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
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