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‘The Snow Tree’ Book Review

“Little Bear woke and the world was white. ‘Where have all the colors gone?’ he cried, for he had never seen such a white and wintry world before,” begins The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk with illustrations by Josephine Martin.

Recommended for children between 3 and 8 years old, my toddler daughter and I both enjoyed reading The Snow Tree. The story follows Little Bear as he and the other animals work to decorate a snow tree with all the colors of the year. Different animals bring different decorations — such as Lynx who brings orange leaves and Squirrel who brings scarlet barriers — to remind the animals of the colors outside the wintery white world.

When I first read The Snow Tree to my daughter last Christmas, she was working on learning her colors, so the book offered her a perfect opportunity to practice her new knowledge. She enjoyed pointing out the different colors on the pages and on the completed snow tree at the end of the book.

Embossed illustrations make the book even more interactive for young readers. Even I found myself running my fingers across the different textures. The illustrations, too, are simple but beautiful. I personally enjoy the focus on a separate color on each page of the book.

Cover of The Snow Tree Inside Pages of The Snow Tree

Final Verdict: The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk with illustrations by Josephine Martin is a sweet Christmas book that focuses on colors. The story engages readers as young as toddlers through older early readers. I personally love the beautiful and embossed illustrations. If you are looking for a book with an emphasis on colors this holiday season, I highly recommend The Snow Tree.

Image Credits

Cover of The Snow Tree © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of The Snow Tree © 2013 Heather Johnson

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