S IS FOR SNOWMAN by Kathy-jo Wargin

S IS FOR SNOWMAN

God's Wintertime Alphabet
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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Wargin’s latest completes her four-season abecedarian series and relates the wonders of winter to God’s goodness. 

First and foremost, this is a celebration of winter-related activities, indoor and out: making snow angels, feeding the birds, baking cookies, sipping hot chocolate, ice skating and sledding. At the same time, the natural wonders of wintertime are brought to the fore: “God cast the Frost sparkling white on the land, / a beautiful blanket spread right from his hand.” From counting blessings on the squares of a warm quilt to seeing God’s love in the light spilling from house windows into the darkness beyond, many of Wargin’s rhyming couplets stress God’s goodness and people’s responsibility to spread that goodness through acts of caring—doing chores and sharing anything from mittens to soup. While Jesus is not specifically mentioned, decorating a tree and exchanging gifts are some of the wintertime activities. Johnson’s softly colored illustrations are vital to filling in details that just cannot be expressed in rhyming couplets, and they add a few activities that aren’t mentioned in the text; the north wind page features skiing, for instance.

A nice addition to seasonal bookshelves that will find extra use in church-school programs. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-310-71661-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Zonderkidz
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2011




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