Princess Snowbelle and the snowstorm by Libby Frost
Ill. by Lucy Fleming. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408890011
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Princess Snowbelle and the snowstorm is a gorgeous picture book and is also a lovely story of friendship, courage and resilience. Princess Snowbelle is rather nervous as she will be singing at the Snow Ball. Thankfully, her friend Sparkleshine will be helping her. As Snowbelle waits for Sparkleshine, a huge snowstorm hits the forest. Snowbelle and her pony Icetail race into the forest to get Sparkleshine but find themselves lost. Can Snowbelle use the magic in her charm bracelet to find her way? will she make it to the Snow ball in time?
Princess Snowbelle and the snowstorm's detailed and colourful pictures are engaging and help tell the story. They show feelings in the character's faces and the scenery is breathtaking. The story is quick and easy to read and would be easy to retell in a classroom situation or when parents read it to their child. The story would also be great in Child Protection lessons as children learn about feelings and problem solving. Alternate endings could be written, characters could be changed and children could create their own version.
It is highly recommended for girls aged 3+ and more independent readers aged 7+ can read it on their own.