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Summary: You may not hear them, but snowmen can talk. So it is, that our little snowman sends sends his thought questions to his mother: why can't I sing? When he asks the same thing of a cardinal, he learns there are several steps. The first one is believe in yourself. It isn't until a little girl comes to play with him that he learns the next lesson. What will it be? This rhyming book offers a seasonal story of hope, faith, and love.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We were surprised at our child's reaction. She liked the book, especially the "cute snowman," but she only wanted to read it a few times. Usually she will find the CD and play it to read along; but not this time.
Adult Reader Reaction: The snowman is cute and the illustrations are just wonderful. This is a nice story, but we found the text difficult to read at times, with rhymes that weren't well matched. The music on the CD brings the book to life and adds a "sparkle" of new-fallen snow.
Pros: Children will be captivated by this story that shows them snowmen are real, just like them.
Cons: The CD helps new readers understand the story's cadence. The author sets up a rhyming scheme, but then not every line rhymes or they don't match well.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This could go either way. It is an enjoyable story and it has great potential.
Educational Themes: Although this has "Christmas" in the subtitle, this is a story that can be read year-round and will resonate with all faiths, as it speaks to faith, hope, and love, which are central to all religions. You can also talk about feelings, friendship, self-respect/self esteem, and sharing, too.