A Flower in the Snow

Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Sophie Allsopp. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4022-7740-5
This gentle friendship story from Corderoy (Just One More) and Allsopp (Goodnight, Angels) follows a girl named Luna and her polar bear best friend. Allsopp's delicately drafted illustrations depict Luna and Bear's relationship with tenderness and quiet humor: both clasp their hands behind their backs as they skate on a frozen lake, and they huddle close when they catch a cold at the same time, a tiny plaid blanket tossed over Bear's back. When a yellow "sunshine flower" Bear gives Luna proves ephemeral, Bear leaves their wintry home in search of another—and absence does indeed make their hearts grow fonder. Corderoy keeps the story moving forward steadily, with Bear's exploration giving it a light sense of adventure. While the story is set in "an icy kingdom far away," Luna's igloo, fur-trimmed outerwear, and braids nod toward Inuit influences. The ending, in which planted seeds result in a field of yellow flowers bursting from the snowy landscape, feels entirely in keeping with the magical 
nature of this friendship. Ages 4–up. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2012
Release date: 12/01/2012
Genre: Children's
Open Ebook - 36 pages - 978-1-4022-7742-9
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