Little Snowman Stan by Guido van Genechten

Author and illustrator Guido van Genechten is back with another wonderful book in, Little Snowman Stan.

Stan is a little snowman who desperately wants to go off and explore the world. Mister Tophat the snowman tells him he better not move or he’ll melt. Snow Solider insists he stay still and be silent just like all snowmen should. Little Snowman Stan knows he must move, and once he does, he’s not about to stop. He discovers Freezeland where it’s so cold the snow never melts and snow people are free to move around as much as they like.

I’m a huge fan of van Genechten’s books. He is so in tune with children that it shows in every word he writes and every illustration he creates. Little Snowman Stan shows children the importance of being true to yourself and following your instinct. Just because something has always been done one way for a long time, doesn’t mean it can never change. I’m a big proponent of that. While kids might not realize what they are learning in this book, what van Genechten does is foster a healthy sense of independence through Stan’s decision to move. Now, I think this has to be couched with a brief discussion on how some rules can’t be tested–like those on safety issues–but Stan’s story allows children to see that exploring new things can be exciting. While it doesn’t state this, Stan also has the ability to go home if he doesn’t like what he finds, which is another great discussion to go along with this book.

Like all of van Genechten’s books, the artwork is superb. The pale blues and icy whites will have children dreaming about winter weather. It’s my opinion that Little Snowman Stan will get read often if it’s on your bookshelf.

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  • Reading level:Ages 3 and up
  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371085
  • SRP:  $16.95

I received a free hardcover copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

Recent Seasonal Amazon Hot Releases

In book two of the Moosa series Moosa finds himself helping Santa deliver presents after Dancer gets injured.

A mischievous young thief is hurled through time on an adventure to discover forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas.

Sandy Claws is a humorous animal parody of the Christmas stories, featuring a red lobster, appropriately named “Sandy Claws.” His quirky animal friends share the entire Christmas experience, culminating in the daring Christmas Eve flight to provide gifts for those in need. The satirical spoof features the warmth of close friends, danger, and subtle lifetime lessons. Originally a bedtime story the author told to his small children some thirty-five years ago, the narration is being released as a book for his grandchildren’s generation to enjoy.

Carrie is a little girl living in a sunny warm place. Soon, her family moves north. Everything is new and exciting as Carrie experiences a cold winter for the first time.

Christmastime has arrived! Ambette and Pierre Philippe hurry off to their favorite park in Paris, France. The 4 year-old twins are bringing a Christmas surprise to their two favorite ducks, Louis and Bona. What can the surprise be?

The Marshalls, a family wrapped up in their holiday traditions, can hardly wait to celebrate the season by decorating their Christmas tree. But to their surprise, their tree, Treena, has come to set the record straight and teach them what Christmas is really about!

Oops! by Leo Timmers

A little pig takes a thrilling sled ride down a snowy hill in Oops! by author and illustrator Leo Timmers.

Come take a magical ride down a snowy hill with Piggy as he tries to get safely to the bottom where Mommy and Daddy are standing. This is a fun, wintertime book for preschoolers that teaches them about over, around, under, and between. Piggy is acting a bit naughty,  but he can’t resist going down the hill by himself. He soon discovers however, that as he’s going downhill, others are coming uphill. “Oops!” and “Phew!” are words repeated throughout this simple story, whose quirky characters and silly illustrations will have youngsters asking to read it over and again.

I’ve said this about Clavis Publishing before, but I really appreciate that they “get” children. Their books are perfect for little ones. I’m thrilled to add Oops! to our collection.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:160537105X
  • ISBN-13:978-1605371054
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

 

Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls Illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko

Two beloved wintertime songs have been added to pictures thanks to Tiger Tales Books and talented artist Veronica Vasylenko.

The mouse family is celebrating taking a wintertime sleigh ride as they pack up the adults and the children in their “one-horse open sleigh.” Over the hills they go, bells jingling on the horse’s tail, playing their instruments, and arriving at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

In this beautifully illustrated padded board book, Jingle Bells the song comes alive in a new way. The glitter varnish on the cover and inside pages gives it a wintery glow that will captivate young readers ages 2- 5.

The mouse family returns in Deck the Halls, where they are getting ready for Christmas by decorating the tree, sitting around the Yule log, baking treats, and entertaining friends. Like Jingle Bells, Vasylenko has captured the joys of the season with her little mouse family. With lights and door jambs decorated with holly leaves, and holly berries adorning the walls, there is so much for young readers to enjoy.

These books are quick reads that will be fun to read aloud and sing aloud. They would make great storytime books. I like that they remained consistent between the two books, formatting them the same, using the same font on each, and using the glitter varnish on each padded board book.

These are definitely books you and your kids can enjoy all season long!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jingle Bells

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258211
  • SRP:  $8.95

Deck the Halls

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258686
  • SRP:  $8.95

I received FREE copies of these book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.

 

 

This book completes 4 out of the 4 books I agreed to read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my list visit here.

One Snowy Day by Tammi Salzano

Counting from one to ten has never been so much fun!

Penguin loves snowy days. That’s because snowy days mean…one woolly hat, two warm mittens, three happy friends–and so much more!

One Snowy Day by Tammi Salzano will have your preschooler counting from one to ten before you know it. This beautiful padded board book with foil-stamped snowflakes on the cover and inside pages, will delight your child while helping him learn to count. Artist Hannah Wood has created some darling illustrations for this one, using soft wintry colors to bring penguin’s story to life.

A wonderful seasonal read is what you’ll find in One Snowy Day.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition 
  • ISBN-10: 1589258576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258570
  • SRP:  $8.95


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