I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." —Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. Sadly, I’ve chosen to shovel. How else are we gonna get out of the driveway? It’s been snowing unbidden for the past 48 hours. My neighbor thinks shoveling is cathartic. Snow removal hardly feels like therapy to me. But the chill winter air is invigorating—and a fine blanket of white snowflakes, God’s most fragile creations, always inspires wonder. British sculptor/photographer Andy Goldsworth believes that “snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” Maybe that’s what has me thinking about some of my favorite children’s snow stories?
If the powder continues to fall soundlessly through the night, I’ll plug in the Cocomotion Hot Chocolate maker when morning arrives. Me and the kids will have a cup of the salted caramel kind and these are the books I’ll pull from the shelf to celebrate our world clad with radiance.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
Peter’s adventures will make you anxious to pull on the mittens, hat, and down coat to experience the sheer joy of playing in the snow. Guaranteed.
Toot & Puddle: Let It Snow by Holly Hobbie
Is there a more winning combination? Holly Hobbie’s lovable characters Toot and Puddle never disappoint. Throw in the white stuff and you’re bound to arrive at magical. This book will warm you and yours.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
This is a family favorite. The book without words has inordinate charm. We love the video version of Briggs’ boy who imagines flying with the snowman he builds. In fact, my 21-year-old daughter watched The Snowman this Christmas holiday. I found myself drawn in—equally mesmerized.