Friday, December 16, 2011

"S Is for Snowman" Review

‘S’ Is for Snowman: God’s Wintertime Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Richard Johnson is the latest installment in seasonal A-to-Z books by this author. It is a nice hardcover children’s book that goes through the alphabet naming (through rhymes) various fun, cozy, and thoughtful things to do in the wintertime.
One thing I liked about this book was that the rhyming was mostly well done. I get frustrated when the meter is off in children’s rhyming books. Sometimes I add or remove words when I’m reading them aloud, just so they sound better! There were a couple of rhymes in this book that were a bit awkward to read, but the majority of them were a delight to read aloud.
Another good thing about this book is its focus on God’s love and His blessings. So many people complain about the cold weather and other things that the season of winter brings, but this book reminds us that all things are from God, and that the beauty of winter is a blessing from Him.
My family also enjoyed this book. My 2 ½ -year-old daughter said that she liked the letters. My husband said he liked that the book showed a family interacting with whatever the letter stood for rather than it just being a book that named a winter item and showed a picture of it. For example, on the page for ’M’ is for ‘Mittens,’ it shows the family wearing mittens as they pack their car for a ski trip. The next page (‘N’) shows them on their ski trip!
The illustrations in this book are colorful and feel cozy as well. Again, the illustrations tell a story through the alphabet instead of just showing a drawing of a winter item.
I enjoyed ‘S’ Is for Snowman: God’s Wintertime Alphabet, and I know we will enjoy reading it during the winter season.
"From mittens to snowmen and angels with wings —
may your hearts know the wonders that God's winter brings."

I will give this book … 4 BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zonderkidz. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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