Saturday, December 19, 2020

Review - First Snow

First Snow

by Bomi Park
Date: 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that—it's snowing.

In this beautiful book from debut creator Bomi Park, a young girl wakes up to the year's first snowy day. From her initial glimpse out the window to her poignant adventures—rolling a snowman, making snow angels—the girl's quiet quests are ones all young readers will recognize. Simple, muted text and exquisite, evocative art conjure the excitement of a day spent exploring the wonder of snow—and the magic that, sometimes literally, such a day brings. As subtly joyful as a snow day itself, this book will find its home in the hearts of young adventurers everywhere.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

First Snow is a story with simple text and cute illustrations about a little girl and the first snow of the year.

This is a book that should probably be read with children, as it depicts a very small child leaving her yard in the middle of the night, rolling a snowball through a city and woods populated by wild animals, and ending up in a field with a bunch of other children. There are hints at the end that this was a journey in her imagination only, but I'm not sure if all readers will pick up on that.

The illustrations—done in a limited colour palette of black, white, and red—are charming. I can see why the author/illustrator started out making greeting cards; the images in this book would lend themselves well to something like that.

Overall, this is simple but sweet. Make sure young children realize that the girl isn't actually cavorting in the woods with bears, though; this journey is purely in the imagination.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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