Big Snow

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Jonathan Bean Far­rar Straus Giroux, 32 pages, $19 PENN­SYL­VA­NIA au­thor Jonathan Bean cap­tures a lit­tle boy’s long­ing for the first snow­fall in this charm­ing pic­ture book. As the pages turn, we watch David keep check­ing his back­yard for snowflakes. In be­tween checks, his mother tries to in­ter­est him in house­hold tasks, but to David they al­ways re­mind him of snow: the cake flour and su­gar, the suds in the bath­tub, the sheets on the bed. Fi­nally it starts to snow, a big snow, and David and his mother and fa­ther go out to en­joy it to­gether. Bean’s pic­tures are large and homey, and lit­tle ones will chuckle with David as he makes messes in the kitchen and forts in the bed­room. For ev­ery child who loves to play in the snow. au­thor and artist from Lon­don, Eng­land, de­picts how a child’s imag­i­na­tion can turn a snow­storm into an en­chanted land­scape com­plete with frost fairies, elves and a “Queen of the Poles.” The lit­tle boy rides a po­lar bear and dis­cov­ers a whole field of snow­men as he set­tles down with his favourite book be­fore the fire. The il­lus­tra­tions are full-page wa­ter­colours, which bring to life the whim­si­cal scenes in the boy’s imag­i­na­tion. brighter un­til the boy ex­claims, “It’s as light as day.”

Shule­vitz, who has won many hon­ours for his il­lus­tra­tions, has made this a beau­ti­ful book, with lit­tle text, but pic­tures that seem to glow with in­ner light.

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