The Smallest Snowflake

The Smallest Snowflake

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by Bernadette Watts Edith M B. B.

The smallest snowflake longs for a home, and while her snowflake friends journey to far off destinations she finds her place in life, too, as the inspiration for an artist. When Spring finally comes the smallest snowflake knows that she has fulfilled her destiny.  See more details below


The smallest snowflake longs for a home, and while her snowflake friends journey to far off destinations she finds her place in life, too, as the inspiration for an artist. When Spring finally comes the smallest snowflake knows that she has fulfilled her destiny.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As she listens to the big plans of other snowflakes (“I'll ride the wind to the most beautiful mountain in the world”), the Smallest Snowflake wonders where she will land; she's searching for “someplace special.” With the delicacy of embroidery, Watts's ink and watercolor spreads show snowy landscapes around the wintry world: rosy-cheeked women in red scarves hurrying past the domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Mount Fuji standing against a pink sky swirling with snow, ice-dwellers fishing by igloos and icy peaks. Some may wonder how an object as ephemeral as a snowflake can think of searching for a place to settle down, but the Smallest Snowflake does just that, landing in the window box of a stone cottage. “There was a fire glowing in the fireplace and... on the table, a picture being painted” (an image from Watts's version of Little Red Riding Hood sits on the table). As spring comes, the inevitable conclusion brings not tragedy but elation for the snowflake: “Love filled her heart with such warmth that she melted away with joy.” A gentle celebration of winter beauty. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)\
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The young child's desire to be bigger—and better—is a strong impulse. As a result, there is a need for many different stories to deliver the message that size is not nearly as important as what you do and what you are. This book accepts the challenge of delivering that message by talking about a very small, young snowflake who longs to become the kind of important creature that the other, bigger flakes talk about being. In the end, however, the little snowflake realizes that landing in an artist's window box and watering the young plants there is just as fulfilling a fate. Watts' pencil drawings evoke a Russian landscape and reinforce the sense that while the setting of this fable may be long ago and far away, its message is always relevant. Preschool and kindergarten students may have some trouble generalizing the moral of the story, but be a good conversation starter in primary classrooms. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This engaging story, with the feeling of a winter fairy tale, will capture the hearts and imaginations of children. The smallest snowflake begins her journey with the other snowflakes at the beginning of winter, looking to land "someplace special." As they travel, one finds its home on top of the tallest mountain so that "…everyone can look up and admire me." A larger snowflake looks to find "…a great city of jeweled domes and sparkling palaces." Finally, the smallest snowflake drifts over a special cottage and her instincts tell her that she is home. The cozy illustrations done in oil crayons, pen, ink, and gouache create a soothing palette that will charm any audience. The many details in each large picture encourage readers to linger over the stunning art, which provides depth and underscores the warmth and reassurance of the text and message. A perfect choice for curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and sharing one-on-one, and just the right length for a winter storytime. Well done.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. One settles in a village of red-tiled roofs, another on a mountaintop, still another on the Kremlin. But the smallest snowflake drifts with the wind over Europe and the Arctic lands, finally lighting on the window box of a little Welsh cottage (the artist's former residence, readers learn from the jacket flap). There she waits out the winter until spring comes, when she melts with joy at the sight of a snowdrop. Watts's delicate watercolors make the most of the snowflake's journey, painting the landscapes both grandiose and homey with equal affection. If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)

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North-South Books, Inc.
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8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

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Smallest Snowflake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is written with great sensitivity. It gives us a respite from the hurry and scurry of our busy scheduals. Beautifully illustrated and very appealing to young children. If only we could enter into this peaceful world that Bernadette Watts has created for all of us to enjoy. A book that both children and adults will love.