Heart of a Snowman
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Heart of a Snowman

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by Mary Kuryla, Eugene Yelchin
     
 

Very Christmas Eve, a boy named Owen builds the very best snowman he can, only to see it melt away on Christmas Day. There must be a way to make it last, he thinks.

So begins an adventure that leads Owen to a magical place where curious animals study his snowman piece by piece in an attempt to remake a perfect snowman. But in the end, it is Owen who

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Overview

Very Christmas Eve, a boy named Owen builds the very best snowman he can, only to see it melt away on Christmas Day. There must be a way to make it last, he thinks.

So begins an adventure that leads Owen to a magical place where curious animals study his snowman piece by piece in an attempt to remake a perfect snowman. But in the end, it is Owen who supplies the one thing they need the most. Have they finally found the secret to making a snowman that will last forever?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
On Christmas Eve, a boy named Owen wonders how to keep his snowman from melting; when a mysterious vessel beams up his snowman, he grabs hold. They're taken to a factory where snowmen are confiscated and disassembled for research purposes: rabbits oversee a snowman-dissecting machine, carrot noses are eaten, scarves shredded and a polar bear picks apart snowflakes with tweezers. In the end, Owen learns “[w]hen a boy makes a snowman, he gives it a heart,” and that's why snowmen really melt. Though kids may have as much difficulty as Owen does figuring out exactly what's going on, they will grasp the bittersweet message. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–Every Christmas Eve, Owen builds a snowman that melts on Christmas Day. This year, after he goes to bed, he and his snowman are transported by a space vessel to a factory where talking animals remake the snowman in a perfect frozen environment. When Owen is asked to put a snowball heart in its chest, this snowman melts too. The animals then discover that “When a boy makes a snowman, he gives it a heart, it gets so warm inside, the snowman can’t last.” The animals and Owen realize that the only place a snowman would last forever is in a boy’s heart. Yelchin’s imaginative, dreamlike, and somewhat surreal paintings cannot save this lengthy, ambiguous tale with a contrived message. There is no clear transition in the illustrations or text from reality to the fantasy and back, causing confusion. The intended audience is also unclear, because the basic idea of the story seems to be for very young children, but too much of it is implied rather than explained, and will only be understandable to older children or adults.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy learns why snowmen always melt in this out-of-control surreal adventure. From a promising opening-"Owen knew that at the heart of a snowman is a perfect snowball. To make a perfect snowball, you need the powdery kind of snow that's a bit melty"-the text spirals into a dream-trip to a snowman factory to which Owen is kidnapped. There he sees a series of animals unmaking his snowman under the direction of an unseen totalitarian voice that booms from a loudspeaker. Owen, they think, has the secret to making a perfect snowman, but when they realize it's because the perfect snowball he contributes as its heart melts it from the inside, they give up. Yelchin's visuals are interesting, if occasionally disorienting, but they cannot save this story from melting as thoroughly as any snowman. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061259265
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
880,055
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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