Sam the Snowman

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The littlest snowman, Sam, is trying as hard as he can, but he can't quite get the hang of making snow. Down in Countryville, Sarah and Tommy and their animal friends are counting on him to bring frosty flakes and fun to their chilly, gray forest. Sam is worried. Will he be able to do it?

Joyous scenes show the little snowman as he tries and tries—and triumphs. Popular Americana artist Susan Winget paints sparkling pictures as she tells young ...

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The littlest snowman, Sam, is trying as hard as he can, but he can't quite get the hang of making snow. Down in Countryville, Sarah and Tommy and their animal friends are counting on him to bring frosty flakes and fun to their chilly, gray forest. Sam is worried. Will he be able to do it?

Joyous scenes show the little snowman as he tries and tries—and triumphs. Popular Americana artist Susan Winget paints sparkling pictures as she tells young children a story about the magic of giving.

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PreS-K

The premise here is that snowmen are not only made out of snow but are the creators of it. (The chicken-or-the-egg question that this raises won't trouble most preschoolers.) Sam is the only student in snow school who is having trouble with the basic equation: Snowman + broom + the magic of giving = snow. Nonetheless, his teacher sends him on his first mission to Countryville, where children are waiting for the first flurries of the season. Amid pastoral landscapes where the wildlife resemble stuffed animals and the children are round and rosy as dolls, Sam learns-after a few disappointments-the meaning of the magic of giving. "He paints the sky and makes the woods and town sparkle." The book cover sparkles, too, with a liberal sprinkling of glitter that has a pleasantly grainy texture. While the book is neither inventive nor surprising, preschoolers will smile over the sweet, lovable pictures and simple, reassuring story.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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"Snowman + broom + magic of giving = snowflakes" reads the rebus on the schoolroom blackboard, but although Sam gets the basic idea, he still can't make snow. Sent to bring snow to the children of Countryville, Sam tries and tries until Sarah and Tommy, seeing his frustration, each give him a little gift to cheer him up. "The children's gifts have made Sam feel warm and happy inside. He wants to give them something in return"—and, voilà, he makes snow. Given that Sam didn't seem particularly selfish before, the whole story comes across as completely arbitrary. Commercial-cute illustrations + zero psychological depth = forgettable book. (Picture book. 4-8)

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“In Winget’s world, snowflakes sparkle, bunnies skate, bears sled, and Sam the snowman has rosy red cheecks—not a bad world for readers of any age to visit every now and again.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061144752
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Winget is inspired by the images, colors, and flavor of her beloved North Carolina countryside. She and her husband, Al, raised their three children on the family farm, with grandparents nearby.

Susan Winget has created art for Colonial Williamsburg and the National Trust as well as calendars, greeting cards, and an array of home products. She is the author and illustrator of two picture books about an endearing young rabbit—Tucker's Four-Carrot School Day, praised for its "cozy illustrations" by Publishers Weekly, and Tucker's Apple-Dandy Day, called "a delight" by ALA Booklist.

Susan Winget is inspired by the images, colors, and flavor of her beloved North Carolina countryside. She and her husband, Al, raised their three children on the family farm, with grandparents nearby.

Susan Winget has created art for Colonial Williamsburg and the National Trust as well as calendars, greeting cards, and an array of home products. She is the author and illustrator of two picture books about an endearing young rabbit—Tucker's Four-Carrot School Day, praised for its "cozy illustrations" by Publishers Weekly, and Tucker's Apple-Dandy Day, called "a delight" by ALA Booklist.

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