cover image Snow Dog's Journey

Snow Dog's Journey

Loretta Krupinski, Dutton, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-42246-4

"Made of snow crystals and icicles," the ethereal Frost King brings winter weather to a mountainous countryside. When a boy and girl build a dog out of snow, they "loved him as much as if he were real." The Frost King finds the snow dog, brings him to life, and takes him back to his ice palace, gently explaining: "like me, you are made of snow and ice.... we do not have hearts." But missing the children, the dog returns to their cottage, where their love turns him into a real dog. Border art, old-fashioned clothing, and folk-art–style interior scenes contribute to the fairy tale atmosphere. Oddly, the Frost King, who resembles a playing card royal, ends up alone, but the tender conclusion remains gratifying. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)