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The Snowman Hardcover – November 12, 1978
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Who needs words to tell a story? In Raymond Briggs's charming tale, told with 175 softly hued, artfully composed frames, a little boy makes friends with a snowman. He wakes up on a snowy day, tells his mother he's going outside, then begins a flurry of snowman-building. That night, he can't sleep, so he opens the front door and lo! the snowman has come to life. The amiable yet frosty fellow enjoys his tour of the boy's cozy home; he admires the cat, but is disturbed by the fire. The boy shows him other wonders--the TV and a lamp and running water. Predictably perhaps, he is disturbed by the stove, but likes ice cubes quite a bit. Soon it is the snowman's turn to introduce the boy to his wintry world. They join hands, rise up into the blizzardy air--presumably over Russia and into the Middle East--and then safely back to home sweet home. The boy pops into bed before his parents get up... but when he wakes up the next morning he races outside only to find his new buddy's melted remains, scattered with a few forlorn lumps of coal. Since the book is wordless, you can make up any ending you want... like "Then, in a puff of pink smoke, the snowman recomposed himself and went to live in the boy's garage freezer." Or you could just resign yourself to a peaceful "And that was that." Raymond Briggs's The Snowman won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and this wintertime classic continues to win the hearts of kids every year. (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson
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Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."--(starred) "Booklist.
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(SPOILER: think of The Velveteen Rabbit).
The hardbound book is pretty big, just under 12 x 9, which is perfect because as everyone knows the book is all pictures. Some of the pages contain multiple scenes, so the size allows for a better viewing. The hardbound book also comes with a really nice dust-jacket!
Ok, well oddly enough it appears there is another Kindle version of this item that costs about a buck more. In looking closely at the description (after purchasing the item and writing the above paragraph) it indicates it is "optimized for larger devices". So, if you are set on purchasing this you might want to try that one.
This copy if for my grandson. who at the age of 2, might relate to the pictures as his parents tell the story. Note that the DVD version from 1982 includes a visit with Santa and the bears at the North Pole. That scene is not in the book.
The Snowman is a MUST for everyone: young and old!
Everyone in the family was entranced by the beautiful drawings, probably some of the most evocative I have ever seen. And I foresee a few years of young nieces perfecting the telling of the story. After all, it's a story without words. Absolutely perfect for my 18 month and 4 yr old nieces who are just developing language skills and whose imaginations need developing.