Flower in the Snow

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Luna and her polar bear friend (Bear) discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow. But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna. It's only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed.

A beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates the joys of friendship, A FLOWER IN THE SNOW has the look and feel of an instant classic.

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Overview

Luna and her polar bear friend (Bear) discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow. But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna. It's only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed.

A beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates the joys of friendship, A FLOWER IN THE SNOW has the look and feel of an instant classic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This gentle friendship story from Corderoy (Just One More) and Allsopp (Goodnight, Angels) follows a girl named Luna and her polar bear best friend. Allsopp's delicately drafted illustrations depict Luna and Bear's relationship with tenderness and quiet humor: both clasp their hands behind their backs as they skate on a frozen lake, and they huddle close when they catch a cold at the same time, a tiny plaid blanket tossed over Bear's back. When a yellow "sunshine flower" Bear gives Luna proves ephemeral, Bear leaves their wintry home in search of another—and absence does indeed make their hearts grow fonder. Corderoy keeps the story moving forward steadily, with Bear's exploration giving it a light sense of adventure. While the story is set in "an icy kingdom far away," Luna's igloo, fur-trimmed outerwear, and braids nod toward Inuit influences. The ending, in which planted seeds result in a field of yellow flowers bursting from the snowy landscape, feels entirely in keeping with the magical ?nature of this friendship. Ages 4–up. (Dec.)
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"[This] sweet tale is flavored with a bit of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi."" - Kirkus

"A lovely story of friendship supported by endearing illustrations, this gentle tale is special, indeed." - Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

"It's going to be really hard to stop smiling when you've got this sweet book in your hands because Corderoy does such a great job of telling the story of friendship and explaining missing someone when he's gone . . . A Flower in the Snow is a wonderful gift." - Bookworm Sez

"The story is greatly enhanced by the delightful illustrations by Sophie Allsopp." - Scripps Howard News Service

"[A] sweet fable about friendship . . .Sophie Allsopp's colorful illustrations do wonders with all the shades of white." - USA Today

"A Flower in the Snow" offers a sweet tale of friendship against an exotic wintery landscape, rendered in lovely watercolors." - San Antonio Express-News

School Library Journal
.PreS-K—In this improbable story, a girl lives in an igloo and her best friend, a polar bear, lives in a snow cave. The two do everything together, from skating to "rolling giant snowballs, or even catching a cold!" One day Bear finds a flower growing in the snow and gives it to Luna, who loves it and becomes distraught when it eventually dies. An excellent friend, Bear sets off on an around-the-world trip to find Luna a new one. He travels to places that surely challenge a polar bear's survival, but he never finds a flower and returns home, where Luna has been missing him and wants to share her surprise-another flower growing from seeds saved from the original. Happy again, the two plant the remaining seeds in the snow and dance among the flowers that bloom in the snow. Corderoy's text is, no doubt, meant to be circular but seems rather pointless. Allsopp employs a soft, pastel palette with judicious touches of red for her appealing illustrations, which cannot overcome the weakness of the narrative.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Kirkus Reviews
This odd but sweet tale is flavored with a bit of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi." Luna, in her igloo, and Bear, in a snow cave in Luna's garden, are the best of friends in their snowy world (with not another soul, including a parent for Luna, in sight). They do everything together, and when Bear finds a wonderful yellow flower (a long-stemmed crocus?) blooming in the snow, he knows just whom to give it to. Luna is thrilled with the sunshine flower, but when it dies, nothing can bring back her smile. Desperate to cheer up his friend, Bear sets off on a worldwide search for another sunshine flower, while back at home, Luna pines for her best friend. A stray snowflake on Bear's nose points him, empty-handed, toward home, where Luna has a surprise of her own--she planted a seed from the first flower and grew her own, saving the rest of the seeds to plant with her friend, who brought her smile back. Allsop's friends are full of expression, the simply drawn cuddly polar bear managing to convey emotion, while her adorable, Inuit-looking girl displays great body language. Her watercolors beautifully juxtapose warm and cool colors, though the spare typeface doesn't match the tone of the artwork. This friendship tale definitely has a message, but readers may not be able to find it under the snow. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402277405
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 341,370
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracey Corderoy was raised in South Wales. She coordinates literacy programs for elementary schools as well as reintegrating children who are returning to school after long term illnesses. Tracey lives in the Cotswolds.
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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Great artwork can really make or break a picture book. Sophie A

    Great artwork can really make or break a picture book. Sophie Allsopp has a beautiful style that fits perfectly with Tracey Corderoy's writing. The result is one gorgeous book!

    I love the story, too. It is a tale of friendship and going the extra mile for those you love. A Flower in the Snow is truly an adorable book. My only complaint is the overuse of ellipses. There are far too many of those in the book.

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