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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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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.
Aside from the format issue for the Board Book version, I sort of found the book dull. Yes, the concept is lovely and sweet and there is something magical about the idea of a snowman coming to life. I just felt it was a little too pedantic, particularly when the snowman goes into the house. The section where the boy goes off with the snowman is not as rich or interesting as it could have been- it's very abbreviated vs what the snowman experiences and I think in a child's mind, what they could experience out there with the snowman is more exciting and imaginative. The ending is bittersweet but a little jarring. My daughter asked "did he die?" I made up an answer that she accepted. It was sad but I'm a bit neutral on the book as a whole. To be fair, maybe the format issue really just skewed how we were able to enjoy the book, this book should never have been produced in such a small size.