Oldie But Goodies

All You Need for a Snowman

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Author: Alice Schertle

Author Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Writer/Alice-Schertle-636609169806284/

Illustrator: Barbara Lavallee

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 0-439-58562-7

Word Count: 235

Published: 2002

This story is perfect for ages: 2-4, 4-6

Straight from Aunty LuLav

I LOVE this book. A loose and lyrical rhyme weaves its way through the process and the magic of building a snowman.

A neighborhood of children come together in a wintry wonderland to build a giant friend. Everyone helps and the struggle is real. This snowman is huge!

This is a great book for teaching sequential thinking. It literally is a step-by-step guide to what you need to do and have, to build a snowman.

Scriptural Underpinnings & Positive Themes

Every page is filled with joy and happiness as the neighborhood children playfully go about the task of building. As they build, we see plenty of fun as they play their way through the process. 
Psalm 133:1, Proverbs 17:17


Have I said how much I Love Watercolor?


Barbara Lavallee has created a whimsical world in a mountainous village. The sky and snow are cool hues of blue and white, making you chilly on every page. The illustrations of falling snowflakes are delightful.  The children’s faces are drawn in a “Picasso-like” style inspiring a surreal feel to the scene. Each child has their own adorable snow outfit and boots, to be identified by your little detectives from page to page. Even the neighborhood dog is along for the fun. 

The snowman is huge and the children tiny. The perspectives Lavallee uses, show the magnitude of the children’s work. Perhaps, in reality,  the snowman is not so big, but simply a reflection of the children’s perspective.


The faces are drawn Picasso-style so you can not accurately decipher race. The children are both boys and girls working together.

The End of the Matter
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This is an Oldie But Goodie!
Find it! Find it and enjoy on a snowy winter day!

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0-439-58562-7
Word Count: 235
Published: 2002

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