________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 12 . . . . February 15, 2002

cover The Snow Friends.

Ian Whybrow. Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.
Etobicoke, ON: Winding Stair Press/Stewart House, 2001.
32 pp., cloth, $19.99.
ISBN 1-55366-100-1.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Catherine Hoyt.

*** /4

excerpt:

Not many small pigs like reading, but Little Pig did. He had plenty of acorns and twigs and books, and for a long time that was enough for him. Then, one day, he found three new words in a book.

The Snow Friends is an amusing tale from an award-winning author. Unlike most pigs, Little Pig loves to read. When he comes across three new words, they take him on an adventure where his wish comes true. First, Little Pig makes a snowman. The snowman accompanies him on a journey to a land of snow where they meet a friendly penguin who lives in an igloo and who also enjoys reading. These three friends learn more new words and begin a new adventure reading and making friends when they open the "Friends Together Shop." This shop encourages others to take time to read and meet new friends.

     This story has large easy-to-read font that will be attractive to new readers. The new words that the friends learn are bolded when used so they stand out to the reader. This is a nice touch.

     Beeke does a wonderful job bringing this make-believe world alive with full colour throughout the book. The soft watercolours illustrations carry Pig and his snow friends through till the end of the story.

     As a children's literature specialist, I have had many requests from teachers over the years for storybooks about reading. This is a nice one. The Snow Friends is a recommended purchase for classroom collections and public libraries and a good choice for preschool storytimes.

Recommended.

As the result of an exciting move, Catherine Hoyt is now the Reference Librarian at the Nunavut Legislative Library in Iqaluit, Nunavut. However, she enjoys volunteering at the local public library in the newest capital in Canada.

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