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May 25 2017

The pink snowman by Alan Horsfield

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Ill. by Pat Kan. Big Sky Publishing. 2017. ISBN 9781925520439
(Age: 6-8) Snowmen. Blue Mountains NSW. Problem Solving. Krystal Clearwater is bored. She lives in the Blue Mountains and there is nothing to do. Outside there's a heavy blanket of snow covering the yard and inside her father is busy with his model train set. Dad is a joker; he's always telling stories and sometimes Krystal believes him. He suggests a bet: if she finds two matching snowflakes she will receive a fifteen dollar reward. Of course, her wise friend Jasper tells her the truth and she decides to build a snowman instead.
After building a rather disastrous looking snowman, Krystal jokingly challenges the creature to 'Stand up like a man!' Much to her surprise he does and soon the two friends are busy finding him some eyes and solving the problem of his strawberry coloured body.
Pat Kan's lively paint and ink drawings add to the fun of Alan Horsfield's narrative, suited to readers engaging with early chapter books.
Rhyllis Bignell

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