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THE BIGGEST, BEST SNOWMAN by Margery Cuyler

THE BIGGEST, BEST SNOWMAN

By Margery Cuyler (Author) , Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-590-13922-3
Publisher: Scholastic

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. (Picture book. 4-7)