Monday, February 8, 2021

Valentine"s Day with Snowman Paul - a bookwrap



Valentine's Day with Snowman Paul 

Authored by Yossi Lapid

Illustrated by Joanna Pasek


* Ages:  3-8

* Grade Level:  P-2

* Paperback - 24 pages

* Publisher:  Lapid Children's Books

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 1, 2021

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

"There is so much love in each of YossiLapid's rhyming stories, and this time Love takes center stage... "Valentine'sDay with Snowman Paul" is another testament to the ultimate importance ofsecure relationships, a theme of all the Snowman Paul books. The writing andillustrations are wonderfully simple and clear and will go right to the heartsof children and the adults who love them." -- Margaret Locatelli, Ph.D. Psychologist                           *****

"... a marvelous way to get children involvedin the holiday and help them appreciate the acts of love that have specialsignificance for them. Joanna Pasek's watercolors are stunning and evoke sovividly the late wintertime setting for the holiday... Valentine's Day withSnowman Paul is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite           *****

"A wonderful story of love and friendship just in time for Valentine's Day. This book is one that can be read again and again." -- Barbara Fansen for Readers' Favorite   ★★★★★

"Lovely and funny and celebrates everything that really matters. Makes for inspiring and delightful reading." -- Marie-Helen Fasquel for Readers' Favorite   ★★★★

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

I adore the "Snowman Paul" series.  Every book is so well written and  illustrated and can only be praised by using superlatives. 

"Valentine's Day with Snowman Paul" is a rhyming book that celebrates the love of friendship.  Snowman Paul takes it upon himself to explore the meaning "Valentine" and is excited to find out all that the special day entails. He discovers it's about hearts and love but wonders if someone made of snow can truly understand what love really means. 

His friend Dan reminds him of times that they both showed love towards one other throughout their relationship.  They unveil that love is a feeling deep in their hearts that truly is reciprocal.  Dan loved his snowman buddy when he arrived to play and romp and showed him how to handle Bill the bully.  

"You taught me

I can be okay,

If I don't fear 

what others say!"

In return Paul loved Dan when he was invited inside the family home on Christmas Eve, accommodated so he would not melt, and was able to join in the festivities with everyone else.  That truly made him feel love in his snowman heart.  

The book shares a very important message that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romance but can also be about friendship love.  The book puts love in perspective... it's for everyone!  The watercolour illustrations are stunning,  full of expression and emotion.  What a beautiful book to add to your child's "best books" collection.  I highly, highly recommend it and the entire series.  Each book relays positivity and wonderful life lessons that you will be very happy to pass on to your child.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!

Meet the Author

Yossi Lapid was born in a small town in Romania where toy stores were absent, but snowmen were abundant. The bright white carpet that covered the ground after the first snow-fall always appeared to him like the blank opening page in a magical book still waiting to be written. In his imagination, the imprints of his small feet would become the first words of many fantastic winter adventures. So, it was inevitable perhaps that he would one day write a children's book about a snowman called Paul. However, it was not inevitable that he would write in rhymes, so he wonders what happened, sometimes.

As a first-time author, Lapid's multi-volume series titled Snowman Paul won the silver medal in the 2016 Moonbeam Award competition in the best picture book series category. Subsequent volumes in 2017 have won Mom's Choice and Reader's Favorite gold medals. Lapid was previously a college professor with a Ph.D. from Colombia University. He has three children and lives with his wife Susan and a little dog named Sasha in New Mexico.

About the Illustrator

I'm a freelance illustrator from Poland. My work is based on traditional techniques; watercolor, crayons, ink. My passion is drawing for children. My childhood was all about crayons and books, then I was doing other things for a time – studying, working for a publishing house, taking care of my sons… and then my boys grew up and I discovered I had some free time again. So I returned to crayons and paints. This second beginning happened when I was nearly 40, but there was no particular event to trigger it.


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