Picture Book Review: A Flower in the Snow, by Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp (Illustrations)


A Flower in the Snow, by Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp (Illustrations)

Luna and her polar bear friend (Bear) discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow. But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna. It’s only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed.

A beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates the joys of friendship, A FLOWER IN THE SNOW has the look and feel of an instant classic.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (December 1, 2012)

My Thoughts:
Great artwork can really make or break a picture book.  Sophie Allsopp has a beautiful style that fits perfectly with Tracey Corderoy’s writing.  The result is one gorgeous book!

I love the story, too.  It is a tale of friendship and going the extra mile for those you love.  A Flower in the Snow is truly an adorable book.  My only complaint is the overuse of ellipses.  There are far too many of those in the book.

About the Author:

Tracey is the author of Hubble
Bubble, Granny Trouble. She was born and grew up in industrial South
Wales and now lives in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire with her
husband, two children and an ever-increasing menagerie of
devilishly-cute-but-sometimes-rather-naughty pets.

A trained
teacher, Tracey has always had a passion for wonderful literature and
began writing for children in 2006. Her books for other publishers
include The Grunt and The Grouch series about two riotous trolls, and
numerous picture books including “The Little White Owl.

head is happily crammed with countless ideas and stories and she’s
loving the adventures that her characters insist they share…

son, cat and guinea pig.

About the Illustrator:
I spent my childhood endlessly painting, sewing, cutting, and sticking – basically
making stuff all the time (except when I was off exploring with my sisters). From
a young age I wanted to be something creative, and ended up studying for an illustration
degree in Bath.
I set up my illustration business with help from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust,
and in the 20 years since, I have worked for a large range of clients. I worked part
time whilst my son was little, but returned to full time work with a new style and
renewed enthusiasm. I love being an illustrator, and find it very rewarding.
In my spare time, I have carried on making stuff – jewellery using silver and natural
materials, dress making and needle felting (amongst other things!)
Likes: family get togethers, japanese craft books, vegetarian lasagne, standing on
the tops of hills
Dislikes: celery, sitting backwards on trains, rubbish women’s magazines, slugs

I still live close to where I grew up in the south east of England, with my husband,

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  • Reply
    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    March 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I want a polar bear!
    Allsopp's style reminds me a lot of other bear books. I don't know why when a book has a bear on the cover they look fairly the same to me. It is cute all anyways. Weird about the ellipsis but I do think this seem a pretty cute and sweet read (:

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    Renee C.
    March 12, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I've seen this book alot over the last couple of months. The story is so sweet! Thanks for sharing it in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

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