There is something wonderful about waking up in the early hours of the morning to discover that snow has fallen in the night. Everything is quiet, muffled by the snowfall, and there is a feeling of excitement that is intoxicating to the spirit. In today's picture book a little child ventures out into the night after the first snowfall and she has a magical adventure in the woods.
For ages 4 to 6
Chronicle Books, 2016, 978-1-4521-5472-5
It is nighttime and a little child, snuggled up in bed with her teddy bear, hears a noise. Something is gently tapping on her bedroom window. She crawls out from under the covers to take a look and sees that it is snowing. Quickly she puts on her snow clothes and goes outside. One of the puppies is awake too and it leaves the warmth of the dog house to see the little girl. It watches as the little girl creates a ball of snow and then it follows as she rolls it across the ground, out of the garden, past the houses, and “Beneath the lights.”
Across the fields the companions go, along the railroad tracks, and into the woods, where animals watch their progress. The little girl’s ball of snow is quite big now and rolling it along is hard work. Then, there in the dark woods, the little girl sees a glowing gateway to somewhere else, and through it she goes rolling her ball of snow.
In this wonderful book a simple nocturnal adventure unfolds to become something altogether bigger; something magical happens and we are transported to a wonderful place to celebrate the joy of a first snowfall.