Monday, August 15, 2022

The Smallest Snowflake - a bookwrap



The Smallest Snowflake

by Bernadette Watts


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  NorthSouth Publication

* Pub. Date: Sept. 13, 2022

* * ISBN:  9780735845084

* Language:  English


With the delicacy of embroidery, Watts's ink and watercolor spreads show snowy landscapes around the wintry world: rosy-cheeked women in red scarves hurrying past the domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Mount Fuji standing against a pink sky swirling with snow, ice-dwellers fishing by igloos and icy peaks.

– Publishers Weekly

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 


The Book

The smallest snowflake dreams for a special home that fits her perfectly... some place warm.  Her snowflake peers have grandiose dreams of destinations far away and exotic while she desires a destination where her heart will lead her.  She drifts with the wind on a journey over Europe and the icy cold Arctic finally landing in a simple window box of a little Welsh cottage.  The jacket flap reveals it is one of the artist's former residence.  

She patiently waits until spring arrives.  Day by day the green shoots push up in the window box as the sun gets warmer and warmer.  Little snowflake sees buds appear as white as pearls on many flowers.  They are beautiful snowdrops the first sign of spring. 

Spring enables apple trees and blackthorn bushes to be covered with fragrant beautiful blossoms.  Primroses and violets poke up their colourful heads also.  

Most of the snowflakes on the window ledge melt away and little snowflake looks up at the tallest snowdrop and her heart fills with love.  Her love fills her heart with such warmth that she melts away with joy.  Finally, her dream has been fulfilled!

The delicate watercolour illustrations are gorgeous and the story is gentle and charming.  This tender story is sure to tug at heartstrings and I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, and for some time was taught by Brian Wildsmith and David Hockney. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Little Drummer Boy. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSΓΌd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.

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