A British import presents a single parent and her child in a most unusual setting.
High atop the clouds is a machine that makes snowflakes. Each flake is carefully stamped out so they all look exactly alike. In fact, the Snow Queen demands it. “If any don’t match, they’re not fit to be seen!” But Princess Ellie doesn’t share her mother’s desire for perfection. She would rather be dreamily sketching or chasing birds down rainbow slides. One day gray clouds roll in, and the townspeople below expect snow. But the queen is not there to run the machine! Princess Ellie, slacking in her duties, quickly pushes the “DOUBLE SPEED” button, but the machine breaks. Luckily, with some imaginative scissor snips, snow still falls—in many creative shapes. Decorated in icy blues (even the queen and princess have blue-tinted hair), Frost’s patterned illustrations chill and swirl. The royal duo is white, but the town below has more diversity. The vibrant cadence propels the story: “She hugs Ellie proudly. ‘You’ve been very clever. / I love the new flakes. It’s the best snowfall ever!’ ” Instructions for making paper snowflakes are appended.
This buoyant picture book is just right for snowy, wintry days. (Picture book. 4-7)