‘Rupert’s Snowman’ – Phillipa Warden
It’s Christmas Eve and a perfect snow day, or so it seems. Sledging, building snowmen, making snow angels and having snowball fights. But wait! What is this? Why is Rupert racing back up the hill? Join him and his mummy as they are forced to embark on a Snowy Adventure Rescue…
I read this book to my two young daughters and they loved every aspect of it. I can see this as the ideal present for a Christmas Eve sack, or even just a December read. Snuggling under a blanket, I think this story would appeal to many young readers and their parents.
The story is a lovely description of Rupert creating a snowman with his Mummy. Rupert and his Mummy play in the snow but, when it is time to go home, Rupert is concerned about leaving his snowman behind. Showing the importance of getting outside and spending time with family, this book reinforces significant relationships in the household.
Vocabulary is not complicated and I can imagine young, independent readers being able to access this on their own. However, I think part of the Christmas, snowy magic of this story is being able to share this with a parent or carer, especially due to the seasonal theme and Rupert’s actions at the end. The text font is a little unique which would make less confident readers struggle to identify words, but I loved the layout of the words to symbolise movement in the story.
The illustrations are lovely and really create the snowy scenes. They are a beautiful accompaniment to the story and my children enjoyed looking at them whilst I narrated the story. Images are so important to young readers and I think this book completely visualises what the story is all about.
Although there is no rhyme to this story, I think it is well-written and one that could easily be gifted to children at Christmas time. Snow, snowmen, hot chocolate and Father Christmas – what more could you ask for in a seasonal story?
I would definitely read this with my children again in December and could see this becoming a favourite in years to come.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.