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THE SNOWMAN'S SONG: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Author: Marilee Joy Mayfield

Illustrator: Tracy La Rue Hohn

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Publisher: Leaping Antelope Productions,

Material: hard cover

Summary: You may not hear them, but snowmen can talk. So it is, that our little snowman sends sends his thought questions to his mother: why can't I sing? When he asks the same thing of a cardinal, he learns there are several steps. The first one is believe in yourself. It isn't until a little girl comes to play with him that he learns the next lesson. What will it be? This rhyming book offers a seasonal story of hope, faith, and love.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We were surprised at our child's reaction. She liked the book, especially the "cute snowman," but she only wanted to read it a few times. Usually she will find the CD and play it to read along; but not this time.

Adult Reader Reaction: The snowman is cute and the illustrations are just wonderful. This is a nice story, but we found the text difficult to read at times, with rhymes that weren't well matched. The music on the CD brings the book to life and adds a "sparkle" of new-fallen snow.

Pros: Children will be captivated by this story that shows them snowmen are real, just like them.

Cons: The CD helps new readers understand the story's cadence. The author sets up a rhyming scheme, but then not every line rhymes or they don't match well.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This could go either way. It is an enjoyable story and it has great potential.

If You Liked This Book, Try: POOFIN   SNOWMEN AT NIGHT  

Educational Themes: Although this has "Christmas" in the subtitle, this is a story that can be read year-round and will resonate with all faiths, as it speaks to faith, hope, and love, which are central to all religions. You can also talk about feelings, friendship, self-respect/self esteem, and sharing, too.

Notes: 2008 Gold Recipient: Seasonal, Holidays & Festivals, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Christmas, life lessons, animal characters

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Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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