The Snowman  -     By: Raymond Briggs
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The Snowman

Random House / 2006 / Paperback

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Evocative, wordless pages summon up childhood dreams and fantasies like no other picture book. A modern-day classic, Raymond Briggs' The Snowman is a haunting look at a one-night adventure as the little boy and his snowman friend fly over field and ocean to reach the North Pole. They celebrate and dance the night away under the lights of the aurora borelis with an entire clan of snowmen who've gathered together to celebrate the winter season. This cherished tale conveys the joys and unique sorrows of childhood in beautiful, colored-pencil drawn frames that conjure up a new world of possibilities. 32 pages, softcover.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 11.63 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0394884663
ISBN-13: 9780394884660
Ages: 2-5

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Publisher's Description

Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."--(starred) Booklist.  

Author Bio

Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934.  At the age of 15, he  went to Wimbeldon Art School to learn how to draw, as he wanted to become a cartoonist.  But there he was told that cartooning was not a profession for gentlemen and that he ought to be a painter.  Raymond then went on to the Slade School in London to study painting as a full-time student.  During his spare time, he began work on a portfolio of illustrations of all kinds, including jackets and a wide selection of drawings to take to publishers.  After illustrating for advertising, newspapers and books, Raymond discovered that book illustration inspired him the most, since it offered far greater variety and freedom than anything else.  Raymond has always found it unfavorable to sustain a consistent illustration style for a long period of time.  He is always seeking to try something else new and different with his work.  Some of Raymond's best known works are The Snowman , The Man , and The Bear .  The setting for The Snowman is based on Raymond's own house and garden, which is in Sussex, England at the foot of South Downs, a few miles from Brighton.  

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  1. Lancaster, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent wordless book for aspiring readers!
    January 18, 2012
    Lancaster, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a former school teacher, this book has always been a favorite! Here's why:

    1. The pictures are inviting to children, both in the colors chosen and in the media used (look as though pictures were drawn with colored pencils).

    2. When several pictures are on the same page, the left-to-right directionality that is so important to teaching beginning reading skills is clearly reinforced.

    3. Pictures are not only easily "read" for sequence, but also for communication of emotions through detailed facial expressions.

    It is a top pick! In fact, I ordered this book as gifts for two gals who are student teaching this semester. Before wrapping them, my elderly parents (92 and 88) "read" them and were thoroughly amused, as the adventures that the little boy and snowman have, though common, are unpredictable until you turn each page; each new situation brings a knowing chuckle.

    You will NOT be disappointed in buying this book. Just be sure to order this original version; others exist that have words and have an abbreviated format.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 27, 2009
    The snowman is an enchanting tale. I remember when I was a child watching the movie over and over again. I was thrilled to see this book one day when I was browing through the CBD website. This book is great for the entire family.
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