Very Special Snowflake

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A humorous winter story about a puppy that isn't lost--and the community that comes together to find her!

On a snowy winter day, Jeff and Veronica take their new puppy out for a game of catch. But Snowflake soon disappears! Her white fur blends right into a mound of snow. The baker, the policewoman, the mail carrier, and other neighbors try to help, while Snowflake plays a game of hide-and-seek with the ...

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A humorous winter story about a puppy that isn't lost--and the community that comes together to find her!

On a snowy winter day, Jeff and Veronica take their new puppy out for a game of catch. But Snowflake soon disappears! Her white fur blends right into a mound of snow. The baker, the policewoman, the mail carrier, and other neighbors try to help, while Snowflake plays a game of hide-and-seek with the reader!

Children can search for Snowflake in each delightful illustration!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
This simple little story tells of two children playing out in the snow with their "white fluffy" dog, Snowflake. Readers will love the fact that no one quite understands that the children are looking for their dog, who has gotten "lost" in the snowstorm. We seen them approaching a lady shoveling the sidewalk, a friendly florist making a delivery, a baker delivering "white fluffy cakes," a crossing guard, and a mail carrier who pronounces that not even "snowflakes can stop [him]!" Everyone thinks that the children are talking about the snowflakes! After they flop down in a snow bank, the elusive Snowflake shows up with a bright red ball that stands out against all of the white snow. "That's not a snowflake. That's a puppy!" the children are told. "This is who we were looking for all along," they respond. The expressive drawings convey a lot of emotion with minimal strokes; for example, the children's eyes, though just dots, convey much about their emotions as they search for Snowflake and when they are reunited. The multi-ethnic faces reflect a real community. The special draw of this book is the double-page spread that shows all of the characters in their places as the children dash out their front door with Snowflake. When we are shown the characters up close, readers can go back to the double-page spread and find each one. Careful observers will spot Snowflake in each of the book's drawings (it's hard to hide that cute pink tongue). Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616832797
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    A delightful book!

    I read and adorable book called "A Very Special Snowflake" by Don Hoffman and illustrated by Todd Dakins. It's an adorable little story which is fun to read for young children.

    A Very Special Snowflake is about two children, Jeff and Veronica. They have the cutest little puppy name Snowflake. One day while playing out in the snow they lose their little puppy and spend the remainder of the book looking for him around town. They ask all the town's people that they come across if they have seen Snowflake but every time they ask someone if they have seen Snowflake the town's people think the kids are referring to the winter weather.

    Of course there is a happy ending because the children find their beloved little puppy.

    What I loved most about this book is that it reminds me of the "Where's Waldo" books from the 80's (gosh... I seem so old now!). Do you remember those books? There were "busy" pictures and you had to locate Waldo with his green hat, red and white striped shirt and glasses? A Very Special Snowflake reminds me of that kind of a book. You see Snowflake is white like snow (thus the reason for his name). Throughout the entire story Snowflake follows Veronica and Jeff around, you just have to look for him within the pictures.

    The book is geared towards children ages 4 to 8. That is the perfect age too because it would be a wee bit more challenging for them to locate Snowflake in the pictures then older kids. My kids were able to locate Snowflake almost immediately. I can see a younger child getting super excited when they are able to locate the adorable little Snowflake within each picture

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    A fun romp through a winter snowstorm

    Jeff and Veronica have a new puppy and he is adorable! With snow white fur and a `let¿s play!¿ personality, the children decide to name their puppy `Snowflake.¿ It¿s the perfect name for the lovable dog, especially since he also loves to play in the snow.<BR/><BR/>One day Jeff and Veronica take Snowflake out to play during a snowstorm and before long their puppy is lost. Or is he? In the vein of `Where¿s Waldo?¿ the children begin their search for Snowflake. Bundled in their winter woolies, the kids hunt through their town, asking each adult they encounter, including the policewoman, the mail carrier, and others if they have seen Snowflake. Each delightful picture features the dog hidden amongst the snowfall, tongue hanging out, with a smile on his face. Readers will look forward to each page to see if they can find Snowflake.<BR/><BR/>Every adult who Jeff and Veronica ask about their dog confuses the dog¿s name with all the snowflakes that are flying around them, insisting that they¿ve seen snowflakes everywhere. They don¿t understand that Jeff and Veronica are looking for their dog. Young readers will squeal with delight at the clever play on the word snowflake as the silly adults time after time confuse the dog¿s name with the falling snow.<BR/><BR/>The illustrations in A Very Special Snowflake are bright, cheerful and playful. They add much to the charming story and will undoubtedly hold children¿s attention through numerous readings of this adventure.<BR/><BR/>Quill says: Children will love this fun romp through a winter snowstorm.

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