Children's Book Reviews

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Frogs in the Snow!

I met Louise Flodin at a networking forum in Los Angeles last month, and she is as delightful as this her first picture book. What a treat to meet her and Sherman! The best is that she donates "a generous portion of the profits..." from her book sales to "Children and Animal Charities!"
Sherman the Frog Meets the Snow Princess
Sherman is a green frog who is at once endearing, intrepid, and eager. Imagine a frog that would rather see snow than to hibernate all winter! Sherman's wish is heard by the Snow Princess. Will he get his wish? You guessed it, and that's when his adventures really begin.

This charming book, written by Louise Flodin and delightfully illustrated, in watercolors, by her daughter-in-law Elayna Flodin, is writing in the manner of fairy tales. That gives children an opportunity to engage in imagination and to learn through an imaginary character that it is all right to have one's dreams come true, no matter how illogical they may be. Elayna's paintings are lively adding even more to the story, and that is an example of great harmony between text and illustration in a picture book. Kudos to Louise and Elayna on their first venture into the world of picture books. The book ends way too soon. The young reader will want to read more about Sherman and the Snow Princess. We will wish for a sequel soon! This book is recommended for children 3 - 8 years old!
ISBN: 0974505250


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