Hello, friends! Our book today is I’m a Little Snowman, written by Hannah Elliot and illustrated by Anna Daviscourt, a wonderful – and surprisingly inclusive – wintry twist on a classic nursery rhyme.
Metered to “I’m a Little Teapot,” this snowpeople-themed board book thrives on answering a few simple questions: what do snow buds look like? What do they like the wear? What do they like to do? The conclusion? There are some similarities, some differences, but once the snow falls, nothing matters but having some fun!
Delightful! Hannah Eliot excels at board boards that explore seasonal themes in simple yet quirky ways, such as this snowperson cover of a well-known melody that allows for an engaging and upbeat reading experience. Yet what makes this title truly special is its subtle nod to genders beyond the binary; while two characters identify themselves as a snowman and snow gal, the third identifies themself as a “snow pal.” Combined with the versions snowpeople’s diverse body types and physical features (the snow gal sports glasses and a hairdo that strongly resembles afro puffs, for instance), and the story also imparts an understated but important lesson on inclusivity that is toned perfectly to the audience and subject matter. Daviscourt’s charming illustrations contribute to this concept wonderfully, visually making each snowperson completely distinct and absolutely adorable. The length is perfect for a quick read, and JJ loved it. A fantastic read for little ones, and a great holiday gift – we highly recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)