Book Review: Snow Friends

Cross-posted on our sister blog, Caterpickles.

It’s school vacation week, and The Four-Year-Old has requested that I “give Caterpickles a rest” so that we can proceed directly to the play date portion of today’s itinerary. So I’m going to be truly lazy and use a book review that I wrote for Goodreads a while back.

Snow Friends
By M. Christina Butler
Illustrated by Tina Macnaughton
Good Books, 2005
Age Range: Age 2 and up

If I could give a book six stars, I’d give them to this one. My daughter made me read it three times in a row last night, and still couldn’t get enough (at one point I buried it under the stack of library books, while asking her to choose between two others for the next story–she dug through the stack, pulled this one out and pushed it onto my lap).

I would say it’s the glitter, but we’ve read other books with glittery pages, and she didn’t mind when we went on to the next story. I think she’s enthralled with the otter. Or maybe it’s the whole package: illustrations in the style she likes, pictures of bears sliding down hills that make her laugh, glittery snowmen, and a cute otter. How can you beat that, really?

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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