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Author: Caralyn Buehner

Illustrator: Mark Buehner

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Publisher: Dial Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The morning after he built a snowman, a young boy discovers that the snowman looks a little differently than he remembers. His imagination takes over as he envisions all of the things Snowmen do when people aren't around. This is a story that captures what we often believed as kids: when we go to sleep we DO miss things.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loves the snow, and this book helped whet the appetite for winter to get here NOW. Our preschooler liked talking about the things s/he does, "just like the snowmen."

Adult Reader Reaction: It took a couple of readings to warm up to the story. It's a cute premise, and it has that come-to-life quality that we imagine about toys, etc. But the language doesn't match the poesy of the illustrations.

Pros: The story moves quickly and has snowmen engaged in all of the winter activities kids (of all ages) enjoy. The hidden pictures within the illustrations are a nice touch. They'll be great for older kids (when reading to siblings) to keep them listening, too.

Cons: It may take a little bit of work to get beyond the narrative. It would also have been nice to see the note about the hidden pictures in the FRONT of the book, not hidden in the corner of a back page with the credits.

Borrow or Buy: This one could go either way. If you have a house full of winter/snow lovers, it is probably worth buying. That said, you may want to borrow it first to get a sense of how much you'll be reading it.


Educational Themes: This is a story of pure imagination. It could be fun to ask your kids what else THEY think snowmen do' and don’t forget the seek-and-find pictures.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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