Frosty the Snowman


An enchanting interpretation of the magical wintertime song, including a special recording by Kenny Loggins. Featuring spectacular art by Wade Zahares, and the CD, with the title song and two others, the picture book will captivate young readers.

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An enchanting interpretation of the magical wintertime song, including a special recording by Kenny Loggins. Featuring spectacular art by Wade Zahares, and the CD, with the title song and two others, the picture book will captivate young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Thumpety thump thump,/ Thumpety thump thump,” readers watch the famous snowman come to life and glide over snow-covered hills and through a busy town square in Zahares’s smudgy, folk art–flavored artwork. Children joyfully outfit their frozen friend with the requisite button nose, corncob pipe and magic hat, in scenes whose icy blue snowscapes are punctuated with bright reds, yellows, and greens before Frosty takes his tear-filled leave into a glowing orange sunset. An accompanying CD features musician Kenny Loggins performing the title track as well as two original, non-holiday songs. Ages 4–up. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
"Thumpety thump thump, look at Frosty go!" He's come back to life again with an edgy, 21st-century vibe in this updated picture-book version of the beloved children's song that has been popular for over half a century and has become indelibly associated with Christmas. Previous illustrated versions of the song featured an old-fashioned, jolly snowman and sweet, 1950s-era children. With this new interpretation, Zahares creates a striking, moody atmosphere in his arresting pastel illustrations. The views of Frosty dancing around the village feature deep, saturated colors, bold shapes and a pervasive blue haze of shadows against the snow. Zahares has invented a completely different Frosty, with huge red buttons, long, wooden arms and diamond-shaped eyes that seem menacing rather than friendly. Although the snowman is described in the lyrics as "alive as he could be," this Frosty seems rather like a robot--quite possibly a scary, 10-foot-tall robot that might whack you with his huge broom. Nevertheless, the multiethnic child characters, extra-large trim size and vibrant illustrations in double-page-spread format make this a natural choice for reading or singing with a stouthearted group. A CD of the song, as recorded by Kenny Loggins, is included with the book. Most will find this newfangled Frosty a fine fellow, but a few sensitive readers may find him more of a nightmare than a fairy tale come to life. (performer's note, artist's note) (Picture book. 3-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Zahares reimagines this classic song with page after page of jewel-toned art done in pastels. The smiling snowman comes to life and plays with the children who created him. Icy winter scenes contrast deep blues with houses of bright red, orange, and green, surrounded by seasonal details-falling snowflakes, boot-kicked snow piles, lighted windows, steaming mugs in gloved hands, and smoke swirls from chimneys. Followed by a performer's note and an artist's note, the book also includes artist Kenny Loggins's recording of the title song with the bonus of two additional tunes. "Frosty" has a warm, rhythmic country lilt with guitar and the voices of a children's choir. Although numbered incorrectly on the CD, it's easy to distinguish between the traditional "Fishin' Blues" with harmonica and narrative verse and the foot-stomping "Cyndi." This is a brightly inviting edition to add to collections of earlier versions as it contains the perfect audio accompaniment.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623540128
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 225,424
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenny Loggins has been a guitar-slinger with a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter, half of a country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, ans an enduring recording artsr and performer. He won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal in 1980 for "This is It" and for co-writing "What a Fool Believes," the 1979 Song of the Year, with Michael McDonald. He lives in Southern California. Wade Zahares creates art noted for its strong lines, bold colors, and dazzling perspective. In addition to his New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Window Music, Zahares has illustrated a number of picture books, including Delivery, Red are the Apples, and Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Zahares has also done corporate commissions for such clients as McDonalds and HBO. Wade Zahares lives in Maine.

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