Title: the Most Perfect Snowman
Written and illustrated by: Chris Britt
Publisher: Balzer & Bray, September 2016
Themes: snow, winter, snowmen, kindness, bullying, paying it forward, loneliness
Drift was the loneliest of snowmen.
Made from the first blustery snow of winter,
he’d been built fast and then forgotten.
Drift the snowman is just a plain forgotten snowman who feels different from all the other snowman because he was made without the things other snowman had like a hat, scarf, mittens, and most of all a carrot nose. All the other snowmen make fun of him until some generous children provide just what he needs. And, of course, Mr. Snowman pays forward that act of kindness.
The illustrations are cartoony, which is Chris Britt’s style, creating some very stylish snowmen and warm expressions. He has created a wonderful wintry book about empathy, sacrifice, friendship, and kindness, and it is perfect for the first snowfall of the year.
Why I like this book:
While this is a message-driven story, it retains all its sweetness for me, especially with a lovely twist at the end.
This is a story that will make a great conversation starter with children about things like; teasing, feelings, caring, sharing, and friendship!
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