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Children's LiteratureA perfect story for the end of winter when it seems that the snow may never go away, this is a celebration of snow, friendship and love rolled up into one, much like the snowballs that were rolled and rolled to become Snowman Bob and his new friend Sue. The bouncy rhyming poetry moves through the major holidays of winter to the beginning of February. After the excitement of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, nothing could be drearier than the expectation of a winter rainstorm. But, when the rain turns into snow, and the snow showers down red and pink Valentines, the fun begins. The children build a companion for Bob (A Snowman Named Just Bob), and the magic of winter "ruled that day." While the poetry tends toward the mundane and cliche, Good's illustrations capture the many moods of the book with soft sepia tones and a variety of borders, making this just the right book to pull out when all are suffering winter doldrums. 2005, Ideals Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo