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Heart of a Snowman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2009

    Gotta keep reading!

    Finally a holiday book that challenges traditional metaphor. Exquisite drawings seduce the reader's senses while the unique story invites the reader into a world that is magically unsettling yet whimsical and heart-warming at the same time. I highly recommend this holiday book for its perspective on the Christmas spirit.
    Hope to see more from this duo.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Every Christmas Eve, Owen builds the best snowman that he can. He knows that the at the heart of a snowman is a perfect snowball. And Owen is an expert on making snowballs (none of that slushy snow--good snowballs need powdery snow that's a bit melty.) But no matter how perfect he makes it, the snowman always melts the next day on Christmas.

    Owen is certain there has to be a way to help his snowman last longer. So, on Christmas Eve night, when a mysterious vessel abducts his snowman, Owen decides to follow in Heart of a Snowman (Sept. 2009) by Mary Kurlya and Eugene Yelchin. What he finds is an immaculate factory where animals tear snowmen down to their snowflake components to make them like new--to make the perfect snowman. What the animals don't realize is that the heart of a perfect snowman is the reason it can never last.

    Heart of a Snowman is a weird book. The factory is clinical and, during the snowman disassembly phase, a bit frightening. On my first reading the book seemed a bit strange and I wondered at the story. But after re-reading it I feel more supportive. The audience for this book is narrow. With the Christmas aspect you'd have to be careful to balance it out to keep a storytime secular. Also, being a city child myself, I don't know how universal the experience of building a snowman really is--I know I never built one.

    On the other hand, keeping those caveats in mind, Heart of a Snowman does have a certain charm. The story, while strange, is endearing. And the illustrations are nothing short of remarkable. Definitely worth a look.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    A holiday adventure with a good message!

    My two sons love this book. It appeals to the spirit of adventure in boys but has a wonderful message about needing the love of a boy to hold a snowman together. The illustrations are so vibrant as well. Fun book!

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