The Snow Dog's Journey

The Snow Dog's Journey

by Loretta Krupinski
     
 

One wintry day, two children build a dog out of snow, and they play with him and love him just as if he were real. That night, the icy Frost King spies the dog and decides to make him his own. Together, they travel far and wide, but in his heart Snow Dog knows that no one loves him like the children. So he sets out to find his way home.

In the spirit of such

Overview

One wintry day, two children build a dog out of snow, and they play with him and love him just as if he were real. That night, the icy Frost King spies the dog and decides to make him his own. Together, they travel far and wide, but in his heart Snow Dog knows that no one loves him like the children. So he sets out to find his way home.

In the spirit of such classics as The Velveteen Rabbit, here is a magical, heartwarming story about the transformative power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Made of snow crystals and icicles," the ethereal Frost King brings winter weather to a mountainous countryside. When a boy and girl build a dog out of snow, they "loved him as much as if he were real." The Frost King finds the snow dog, brings him to life, and takes him back to his ice palace, gently explaining: "like me, you are made of snow and ice.... we do not have hearts." But missing the children, the dog returns to their cottage, where their love turns him into a real dog. Border art, old-fashioned clothing, and folk-art–style interior scenes contribute to the fairy tale atmosphere. Oddly, the Frost King, who resembles a playing card royal, ends up alone, but the tender conclusion remains gratifying. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
In the North Country, Olen and Anna play in the snow. Anna wants to build a snow dog instead of a snowman. Each morning, they visit their Snow Dog, dress him warmly and wish that he could be real. One evening, the Frost King pays the Snow Dog a visit and decides to take the dog to his palace. Anna is upset to see her dog gone; she believes the dog can become real by loving it. The dog remains with the Frost King but wants to be like other dogs: running and wagging his tail. He decides to fly back to the children in spite of the long distance. The next morning, Anna sees the sleeping dog outside and brings him inside to warm by the fire. As the snow melts, a real dog appears! The Frost King tries to recover the Snow Dog but realizes that the dog has truly become real. The story's message of love turning a pretend object into a real creature is not new, but the winter setting is unique. However, that message is not as developed as it could be. It may become lost amidst the Frost King and his nighttime travels. The blue and white illustrations well convey the icy settings; it is unfortunate that more attention is paid to the children and their love for the Snow Dog. More attention to the theme of love's power and less focus on the Frost King would have helped the ending. The story can serve as an adequate but alternative story during the Christmas season; with a stronger ending, the story might have been more memorable. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
An original fairy tale forces a dog made of snow to choose between the Frost King who recognizes a kindred soul and the children who made him. One day, when the Frost King has brought enough snow for Anna and Olen to play in, the children make a Snow Dog, whom they love "as much as if he were real." But the next time the Frost King passes over, he brings the sculpture to snowy life and takes him back to the Ice Palace. Much as he enjoys his icy life, Snow Dog misses the children. The arc of the story is predictable—Snow Dog returns to the children and turns into a live dog with fur and "a real nose!"—but the icy landscapes and Nordic designs appeal. Some kids may feel sorry for the Frost King, though; can't he have a dog, too? (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525422464
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Loretta Krupinski lives in South Thomaston, Maine.

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