Sunday, December 13, 2009

Review: The Snowman's Song: A Christmas Story

Every once in a while, I come across a children's book that really touches my heart. The Snowman's Song: A Christmas Story by Marilee Joy Mayfield is one of those soul reaching fairytales.

The award-winning story begins with a little snowman sharing his dream of singing with his mother. He is envious of the children who can rejoice in the holiday with their melodic caroling. But his mother tells him it is hopeless. Snowmen do not have voices. Instead, they share their thoughts and feelings as ice droplets that swirl in the brisk winter mist. The little snowman is initially forlorn with the idea of sitting by idly year after year as everyone else chants harmoniously. But after a surprise visit from a friendly young girl, his spirit is rejuvenated and his dream miraculously becomes a reality. It is a heartwarming story that beautifully captures the essence of Christmas and teaches children both the power of kindness and that no dream is unattainable.

The hardbound book with its thick, glossy pages is durable enough to be passed down and treasured for generations. The illustrations by Tracy La Rue Hohn are soft and dreamy, perfect reflections of a wintery fantasy. The complex emotions of the little snowman are beautifully portrayed with each graphic "brushstroke".

The book also includes an audio storytime CD, read by the author. I have not yet listened to the CD but I like that I have this option for car rides so we can share the story even when I can't sit and flip the pages.

Bottom line: The Snowman's Song is a classic tale that I am proud to have as part of our library. It has a valuable message for children of all ages as well as adults. I can't wait to read it to my son this Christmas Eve and for years to come.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Snowman's Song: A Christmas Story and its corresponding audio CD at (ARV $19.95 but on sale now for $16.95).

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from Annamaria at Leaping Antelope Productions to faciliate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed are purely my own.


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