The Snowman and the Sun by Susan Taghdis, illustrated by Ali Mafakheri. Tiny Owl, 2021. 9781910328798
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Fantasy/picture book
What did you like about the book? I really like the concept of this book, which is to tell a story illustrating the water cycle. A snowman melts, then evaporates and condenses into a cloud. The weather gets colder, and he falls to the ground again as snow. A child, who is present throughout, makes him into a snowman again.
The story has a background of crosshatching, like graph paper, with a snowy color and minimal other elements. A smiling child, White, with a cat, is present on most of the spreads, and may be telling the story to the reader. There is an air of abstraction conveyed by the art despite the illustrative text. Still, I think that young readers will get the idea of the water cycle – the snowman’s black buttons are visible in the atmosphere when his substance has become clouds.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The buttons remain in the atmosphere when the snowman is once again a drift of snow on the ground, confusing what was a clear marker of his travels. I wonder if this is an error.
To whom would you recommend this book? For snow related story times or curriculum units, for ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 1, 2021