SNOW PRINCESS by Susan Paradis


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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A pretty and charming tale about snow, imagination and waiting for Daddy to come home. The spirited small narrator announces that she will prepare the castle for Daddy’s coming home as she stands on a snow-covered hill, watching the road. On the next spread, readers see what she imagines, a snow castle with a path leading up the hill. “I’ll summon the lords and ladies,” she says, and next is a procession of snow animals, some quite exotic (snow giraffes and rhinos!), dressed in sumptuous garb. She plans a banquet in his honor inside the castle, where all the sweetmeats are made of snow and an ice dragon curves sinuously through the scene. When Daddy is late, she decides to ride out to meet him and show him the way, and readers see her sled transformed into that dragon as she flies above the city to see him home. The last image sees an ecstatic little girl in her father’s arms, mom framed in their doorway and a pile of snow that looks very like a dragon’s head curled around the house. The pictures capture all the opalescence of daylight and sunset on a snowy landscape, and Paradis shows a fine sense not only of line and pattern, but of the rhythms of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2005
ISBN: 1-932425-31-4
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2005


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