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It seems like a lot of the books we have in our house are about animals in the snow, not sure why but we seem to collect a lot of them and this book, entitled The First Snow is another one in our collection.
The first snow features a cute little deer as its main character who is just simply named Little Deer. I think deers are amazingly cute and my daughter likes reading about them as she loves Bambi and actually this deer has a bit of a Bambi look about him, he is obviously a baby and is just seeing snow for the first time. hence the title, The First Snow.
Little Deer was so excited when he woke up to see snow but at first wasn't sure what to make of it. ""Yikes!" he squeaked. "Where's everything gone?" Everywhere looked different. The wood was covered with a hugh white blanket."
With the help of his two little friends, Rabbit and Squirrel, Little Deer goes on his first winter adventure. At first he found it very strange and cold but then he started to have fun. The friends make a giant snowball and then go skating on the frozen pond. THe book finishes by telling us that, "Little Deer's first snow had been such a surprise, but it had been the best fun ever!"
We just find this a really cute little story that has become one of our bedtime favourites. It's especially fitting at this time of year because the ground around us is covered in snow and the kids like to do the same things that Little Deer got to do.
The book is wonderfully illustrated. There are lots of cute wintery scenes so the book is very blue and white and what we also like is that each page has some glitter on too. It's done subtly but for example there is some glitter on the branches of the trees to give the snowy branches a bit more of a sparkling winter look and I think its very effective. Little Deer, rabbit and squirrel are all really well drawn and look like proper animals so that is nice when you are teaching kids all about the different animals.
We have the paperback version from Little Tiger Press, ISBN 978-1-84506-976-6 and it costs £6.99.