cover image Snow Globe Wishes

Snow Globe Wishes

Erin Dealey, illus. by Claire Shorrock. Sleeping Bear, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-53411-031-1

Gentle rhyming text and naïf illustrations dominated by lovely pale yellow and teal tones are impeccably paired in this heartwarming book. During the “worst storm of the year,” a family of four eats takeout in front of a blazing fireplace (“Picnic dinners,/ candle light./ Darkness draws us close tonight”) and then settles down to sleep in a cozy blanket fort as one child makes “snow globe wishes.” The morning brings clear skies and a “snow globe day” that enticingly beckons townsfolk young and old, who frolic in the snow before joining hands and forming a circle around a Christmas tree. As the wishes behind the story are revealed—“Peace on earth./ Right now./ Right here./ Peace for all throughout the year!”—the family’s cat and dog, back at home, peer into a snow globe in which the outdoor scenario is duplicated. Dealey and Shorrock create a winsome, hopeful portrait of family and community bonds. Ages 4–8. [em](Sept.) [/em]