A sweeter-than-sweet tale of a little bunny who gets her Christmas wish.
Snow Bunny lives by herself in a tree in the forest. Though she whistles happy tunes, she is very lonely, so she writes a letter to Santa asking for a friend. “This is the only present I truly want.” Missing the mail “by a whisker,” she resolves to set out for the North Pole on foot, equipping herself with a pair of mittens, some frosted cookies and a map. On her way, she meets a bear cub with cold paws, a little fox with no Christmas-tree decorations and some lost fawns. “Kindly” giving away her mittens, cookies and map, she reaches the North Pole without further incident. Santa gives her a ride home, where, to no one’s astonishment but hers, she finds all of her new friends waiting. The soft-edged paintings depict a wintry but nonetheless cozy forest liberally decorated with silver foil accents. Children will wonder why so manifestly nice a bunny is friendless and why she bothers writing to Santa at all since she lives within easy walking distance. The dialogue is stilted at best—“I’ll take you home on my way delivering presents and making wishes come true around the world,” Santa tells Snow Bunny—and his sleigh is drawn by only six reindeer.
Though kindness is a quality to be celebrated, this particular vehicle is, alas, forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)