THE SNOW OF OHREEGANU by Russell E. Erickson


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Erickson's story begins routinely enough when a strange bird flies in and amazes the villagers with stories of the land to the north, the children (monkey, turtle, rabbit and others) clamor for snow and their leader the lion, unable to admit that his power is limited, promises to produce it. As the animals excitedly construct skis and sleds and toboggans, the lion fears that he's in real trouble, but fortunately for him and unfortunately for readers a number of lucky breaks occur at once. Along comes a mouse who promises to help the lion, along comes a freight train which the mouse and his elephant friend (careful to leave payment from their nearby ""secret diamond cave"") push up to the top of the mountain, and down comes the train's cargo of sugar which turns the town to a ""wonderland."" But Erickson's awkward, amateurish style doesn't enable him to get away with such a silly string of coincidences, and Joseph Low, though always sprightly, is not the one to add any distinguishing flavor.

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1974
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard