Dec 25, 2012

Snowballs

by Lois Ehlert

This is one of the coolest board books I've seen in a long time. Cut-paper collage illustrates birds looking for food in the new-falling snow. Then the narrator shows an accumulation of things in bags and piles, names the anticipation of waiting for a really good snow day. And there follows a showcase of snowmen, suddenly spanning two pages and taking up the width for their height so you have to rotate the book ninety degrees to change the orientation. There is a snow dad, snow mom, snow boy and girl, snow baby and snow cat, even a snow dog (pretty shapeless but fun nonetheless). The cool thing is that the snowmen, made also of cut paper, have all kinds of real objects put on them besides the iconic scarf and carrot nose. And multiple items are used that will feed the birds. There are strawberries and corn kernels, sunflower seeds, berries, raisins, popcorn, peanuts, etc. Plus all kinds of curious objects like id tags, toy car wheels, bottle caps and so forth. The dog covered with many kinds of buttons is fun. My eighteen-month-old likes to point out the objects she knows: "Hat! Fork!" Each page also shows a (grateful you must think) bird or squirrel on or near the snowman, which will also provide it some winter food. The last few pages show the snowmen melting. a nice touch with a bit of rhyme.

Rating: 4/5 ........ 26 pages, 1995

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

It looks adorable! Merry Christmas!

Bookwyrme said...

My sister introduced me to Lois Ehlert's stuff a while back. She makes such beautiful, creative stuff! Have you seen her Leaf Man?

carol said...

I loved this one when Amber was little.

Merry Christmas!

Jeane said...

Bermudaonion- it is. Merry Christmas!

Bookwyrme- This is the first one I've come across by the author. I was planning on looking for Leaf Man, after seeing it featured on the back cover.

Carol- I think it's going to be a repeat for us, too.