'When Little Bear wakes early from his winter sleep he has the most wonderful surprise - SNOW! Little Bear tumbles and skids and stomps and dances. But he soon finds that even snow is no fun without a friend to share it. So he decides to build a snowman.......'
And in the process nonchalantly makes a couple of new friends!
This delightfully atmospheric book has the further enhancement of a sparkly, textured finish to the snowman creation throughout, even on the front cover!
Hardback edition/2005/Little Tiger Press Measuring in around 27.75 cm x 22.75 cm, a colourful and endearing cover picture opens to 24 thick and easy-to-turn pages, in the popular 2-page spread format.
Clear text, including some speech, broken up into good sized chunks and enhanced in places, FOR EFFECT.
Example of text:
Little Bear woke early from his deep winter sleep. As he yawned and stretched he looked out of the bear cave and gasped. The world was covered with a thick white blanket, sparkling in the sunshine! "Oooh!" he cried, "snow!" and he raced out to play.
Little Bear went rolling and skidding down the hillside, racing faster and faster........'
And with a bit of rushing, branch-shaking, stomping, stamping and climbing in the crunchy snow, he soon starts to feel a bit lonely. Little Bear has a great idea.........it all starts with a sparkly snowball, which gets bigger and bigger, as Otter and Rabbit join forces!
This book is a clear winner in the reading corner, as the days get much colder. Although some of the words are long, the youngest in the audience eagerly listen as Little Bear builds a snowman and friendship at the same time! The beautiful pictures offer discussion opportunities - the landscape (even in the inside cover pages), the trees, the changing sky, basic counting........and all are very keen to get to the 'echo' bit; although tinged with a hint of sadness that Little Bear is all on his own.......but not for long! As they happen along in the story, an intrigued Otter and an initially indignant Rabbit go on to offer their own final touches to the snowman, showing the importance of team spirit to the older listeners, too!
'......At last, as the sky turned orange and the sun set, the three friends talked about what games they would play the next day. "Let's go exploring," said Rabbit. "But what about Snowman?" said Little Bear. "We can't leave him all on his own." "Let's build him a friend, then!" said Otter........'
And so the patting and the rolling and the shaping begin again, and no one goes without a friend as the stars twinkle the end of a very busy day!
I am a huge fan of Little Tiger Press Audio Books. Having already purchased Snuggle Up, One Snowy Night and I've Seen Santa, I knew this book would be just as good. Also being a fan of Justin Fletcher, I knew my 2.5yr old son would enjoy the book even more. It is approx 15 minutes long and the illustrations together make the book wonderful bedtime reading. Would highly recommend.