Thursday, November 24, 2016
First Snow, written and illustrated by Bomi Park. Chronicle, Raincoast. 2016. $23.99 ages 2 and up
against the window.
in the night.
Here we are in the middle of the prairies, still waiting for snow. It is all around us, and has been on the ground for a few days in Winnipeg. We have none of it. I'm sure there are many young children waiting impatiently to watch it fall softly down and turn the ground around them white and sparkly. Maybe Monday, the weatherman says today. Before that, we are meant to have three sunny, above zero days! It's very unusual.
The little one in this book is experiencing snow for the very first time, and what joy it brings. A white snowsuit, a bright red scarf, mittens, hat and boots ... fully prepared to go exploring in the dark of night. A puppy is her tiny, enthusiastic companion.
Through the yard, down the street, across a field, and into the woods, she pushes a snowball that grows larger and larger with each step. Dark gives way to sparkling light; the child enters a winter wonderland. There, she is joined by other children. Each one stands beside a huge snowball, not unlike the one she has been pushing.
Turn the page to a splendid sight! The snowballs become snowmen, then a sky filled with floating children and snowmen. Another page turn and we return to a tiny girl catching snowflakes on her tongue, before the final turn that shows a red-scarfed snowman perched in the backyard and watched over by a tiny white dog.
What a welcome to the first snow of the season! Quietly magical it is.