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*The Smallest Snowflake* by Bernadette Watts
The Smallest Snowflake
by Bernadette Watts
Ages 4-8 32 pages NorthSouth October 2009 Hardcover    

Originally published in Switzerland, The Smallest Snowflake is an original story told from the point of view of a snowflake.

Beginning in the sky with many of their kind, the snowflakes ponder where they would like to land in different parts of the world – forest, city, mountaintop, etc. Eventually, the smallest snowflake finds the perfect place: the author’s home in the countryside, where it stays until the weather grows warm and the earth awakens into spring.

The story itself is quiet, without any conflict and a simple climax. Best read aloud to an individual rather than a group, to give the reader and child the opportunity to enjoy the fine points of the illustrations, discuss the differences in setting, and consider the possibilities of a perfect home for the tiny snowflake.

Watts’ detailed watercolors outshine the story, inviting the reader into each entirely beautiful setting making ideal use of white space mixed with full page pictures. Recommended as a gentle transition from fall into winter or winter into spring.

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