This funny winter's tale from Cuyler features a girl who needs a boost of confidence to get past the teasing of her overwhelming, overbearing mother and sisters. When Little Nell asks if she can help prepare for a party being given by BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie, she is turned down: ""No, you can't. You're too small."" ""Yes, I can, and no, I'm not."" ""No, you can't, and yes, you are!"" Little Nell takes refuge in the woods that surround her house, where her forest pals--Bear, Hare, and Reindeer--provide the support that is absent on the home front. They combine forces to build a BIG snowman, which towers like a colossus in the snowy woods. It even impresses her dismissive mother and BIG sister Sarah when Little Nell brings them to see her achievement. BIG Lizzie adds a note of sibling realism, by sticking ""her BIG nose in the air--HMMPH!"" Hillenbrand's comic exaggerations put both the characters and the landscape powerfully in place.