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.