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Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Let It Snow

January10

The author, Jane O’Connor, is probably best known to our younger readers for her Fancy Nancy Series. However, this prolific author has written numerous other picture books and non-fiction titles for children and novels for adults. One of her older picture books is The Snow Globe Family (Puffin Books) which is illustrated by S.D. Schindler. This delightful picture book is told from the point of view of two different families.

One of the Victorian families owns a snow globe, and their baby notices it on the mantel. He becomes fascinated by the object and intrigued by what he sees inside of it. The scene shifts to the small house and family living in the snow globe. The double page spreads keep going back and forth between the world of each family. It’s winter in both worlds, but the snow globe family haven’t experienced a snow storm in a long, long time. The snow globe family long for a huge storm so that they can go sledding.

As the point of view changes, some members of the bigger family go out to enjoy sledding during a snow storm, leaving the mother and baby inside. This baby climbs up and reaches the snow globe. Schindler’s illustration that depicts the snow globe baby looking out at the larger eyes of the real baby is charming and in my opinion, the best in the book.

Both families enjoy one of the biggest snowstorms of their lives.

Take time to check out this video about the company started by the family of the designer of the first snow globe.

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