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SNOWFLAKE BABY by Elise Broach


by Elise Broach, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-316-12926-8
Publisher: Little, Brown

Who knew a day out in the cold could be so cozy?

A cheerful young girl takes her little puppy into the snowy outdoors. The cherry-cheeked toddler totters forward in bulging snow-pants and an oversized coat. A lift-the-flap format extends her fun, while smiling woodland creatures add a heaping spoonful of sweetness. Energetic word choices enliven the wintry day. “Peekaboo!” calls the youngster as she surprises a squirrel as she emerges from her snow fort with her new bunny friend. Spare phrases rhythmically scan with slight variation. “Snowman baby / button eyes / snow drop baby / cold surprise!” The rich, warm colors of clothing and home design contrast effectively with confectioner's sugar–white backdrops. In a soft push toward independence, the little one leads the activities until evening sets in; then, she watches her frozen wonderland from the comfort of her house and finally settles down to sleep.

Here's hoping this darling tyke will return with the change of the seasons. (Board book. 1-3)