Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Review: Snowy Night

Publish November 28, 2013

SnowyNightOn a Snowy Night by Jean Little Illustrated by Brian Deines North Winds Press, 2013 978-1-4431-1359-5 32 pages “Rosa Rabbit wanted to bite somebody.” Rosa Rabbit is feeling neglected and unloved because her boy, Brandon, is growing up and doesn’t pay much attention to her any more. Sometimes he even forgets to feed her. One snowy night Brandon takes Rosa out to play but leaves her all alone in the snow. And so begins a real adventure for the lonely bunny as the woodland animals work together to help Rosa find her way home. Jean Little is the beloved author of more than fifty books for children. In On a Snowy Night she once again charms with a twist on the tale of the animals’ Christmas. Notably, Christmas is barely mentioned. The story speaks to the spirit of the holiday, regardless of religion or culture. When the animals rise above their differences to help Rosa, their compassion will resonate with readers of all ages. The oil on canvas illustrations are soft and dreamy, giving a tactile sense of snow, fur and feathers. Deines uses colour to show the difference between “safe” and “dangerous” spaces, pointing out to young listeners where Rosa can find warmth and safety. And when she does, and Brandon shows Rosa how much he really loves her, the happy ending gives great comfort. Highly recommended for a holiday read-aloud that ends in a hug. Penny Draper copy Penny Draper lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning “Disaster Strikes!” series, historical fiction that places young protagonists at the centre of real Canadian disasters. Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This review, and all of our children’s book reviews, are free to reprint and repost. Download the files here or Contact Us for more information. Word: Snowy Night  PDF: Snowy Night