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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Hooray for SNOW!
by Kazuo Iwamura
Age Range: Under_5
Something magical has happened overnight: SNOW! Now everywhere is a blanket of white. Mick, Mack and Molly can’t wait to go out in the snow to play. The young squirrels are keen to go sledding but Mama and Papa are not quite so enthusiastic.
Japanese author and illustrator Kazuo Iwamura’s tale about a family of squirrels and the fun they have playing in the snow is engaging. The comic illustrations of the squirrels in their pink, blue and yellow outfits and Papa’s reluctance to go out in the snow are expressive. The single interior scene creates a lovely warm glow with its squirrel-sized Japanese teapot and teacup sitting by the woodstove. Iwamura's winter landscapes are also exquisite with their large mist-covered tree trunks, grasses weighed down by snow and delicate branches outlined in white.