"A magical wintry fairy tale, perfect for cold nights and reading under cosy blankets"
When Tasha’s family moves to take care of her ageing Grandpa, lonely and traumatised by a past event, Tasha finds making friends difficult. When the mesmerising first snow of the year arrives, she is enthralled and delights in making a beautifully intricate snow girl, Alyana. Grandpa says that the first snow is powerful and wishes made on it always come true, if that’s true then maybe Tasha can finally have a friend of her own. As Tasha enjoys magical winter nights with her new friend, Grandpa’s health continues to fade, only spring can help him. But what will warmer days mean for Alyana?
Set against a beautiful snowy landscape, this tale of family, friendship, trust and accepting help will delight readers of all ages. The cast of characters leap from the page, and once again we enjoy Anderson’s celebration of loving and important intergenerational relationships. Likewise, strands of Slavic folklore are skilfully woven throughout the story, creating an enchanting story of magic and adventure.
Full of Sophie Anderson’s tell-tale magical, world building, this is a delicious wintry fairy tale, perfect for cold nights and sharing under cosy blankets.
What a beautiful book - both the words and illustrations are a delight to the reader.
What a beautiful book - both the words and illustrations are a delight to the reader. The scattering of illustrations throughout add to the beauty and really help to enhance the reading experience.
This enchanting story takes us on a wintery adventure with Tasha, who together with her parents move in with her sick grandpa on his farm. Tasha has never seen snow before and as the first snow of the winter falls and after listening to folk stories, Tasha and her grandpa decide to build a snow girl in the garden. Tasha makes a wish and what follows is a series of magical adventures, along with Tasha's new friend Alayna who she shares these moments with. However winter doesn't seem to end and along with this a dangerous consequence for everyone.... Read Full Review