THE SNOW DANCER
By: Addie Boswell
Illustrated by: Mercè López
Published: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Two Lions
Sophia wakes up to silence. Her world has been blanketed by snow and no one is moving, no cars, no buses, no people. Sophia jumps out of bed and exclaims, “Snow Day!”.
She makes her way to the park making the first footprints in the snow and when she gets there, she decides it’s the perfect place to dance. She has the whole park to herself and she is relishing in the silence. She dances a whole ballet in the silence of the park.
Until….all the other kids realize it’s a snow day. But, one little girl notices Sophia’s dancing and calls her the snow dancer and the two of them dance away while kids play around them.
The writing is lyrical and the illustrations give the reader the idea of a perfect snow day. The descriptions of the first footsteps in the snow and how everything is silent around you after a storm almost make me ready for our first big snowfall here. That first big snowfall is truly a magical experience and Boswell has created the joy of a snow day in this story.
Addie Boswell is an artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in murals and picture books that focus on family, community, and the creative power of children. Her recent titles include Go, Bikes, Go! and Go, Boats, Go!, both illustrated by Alexander Mostov, and Five on the Bed, which she both wrote and illustrated. Her debut book, The Rain Stomper, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, was the winner of the Oregon Spirit Award. Learn more about the author at www.addieboswell.com.
Mercè López is an artist from Barcelona, Spain. She holds a degree in illustration from Llotja Art School in Barcelona. Her recent title Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas received multiple starred reviews and was named a Center for Children’s Books Gryphon Honor Book, an NCTE Notable Poetry Book, a Kirkus Best Picture Book, and a Parents Magazine Best Kids’ Book, among other accolades. Learn more about the artist at www.mercelopez.com.