It’s starting to get cold out where I am and though I’m not a fan of cold weather, I can’t deny how beautiful snow looks as it blankets the earth.
Toys Meet Snow celebrates the wonder of curiosity and play. It’s both simple and complex with excellent characterization. First, we’re introduced to our characters; Lumphy, a stuffed Buffalo, StingRay, a plush stingray and Plastic, a rubber ball. Their Little Girl has left for winter vacation and they’re staring out the window in wonder at the first snow of the season. Teamwork gets them out the door and into the snow (not before taking the necessary protective measures of course!).
We get to see the personalities of each toy and Jenkins writes the story so that it’s easy to anticipate their reactions on each spread, which can be great for children who’re learning to read (the predictability in story format). Lumphy is very inquisitive, StingRay is poetic and visual and Plastic is all about the facts! They study the snow, ask questions and make a snowman. Plastic even gets a special boost of self-confidence before heading back in for the day.
- Author: Emily Jenkins
- Illustration: Paul O. Zelinsky
- Binding: Hardcover, 40 pp.
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 22, 2015)
- ISBN-10: 0385373309
- ISBN-13: 978-0385373302
- Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
I like the way Emily Jenkins writes. There’s a quirky cuteness to this story. Her writing pairs well with Zelinsky’s soft, beautiful digital illustrations. My favorite spread is the one where the toys leave soft indentations in the snow to make snow angels! It’s fun to guess which toy made which angel. With glittery snow on the cover, you’re ready to dive into a winter story, but you’ll find that it’s quite warm. 🙂 Toys Meet Snow is a large book with wide beautiful spreads. The blustery snow covers the pages and you’ll feel like you’re out with the toys, on an adventure. Can you tell how much I love the illustrations? The red strawberry syrup sunset is lovely and so is this book. Check it out and enjoy!