cover image Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Angel Randall, illus. by Brandon Dorman. Shadow Mountain, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-60641-046-2

This simple, pleasant debut by Randall, a former teacher, depicts two best friends, Angel and Krystal, who find help from angels to get themselves out of a snow bank. The angels assure them, “We are glad you asked for help. Not many people ask these days”; the pair joyfully repay the kindness by helping others in their town, accompanied by their new angel friends. The book contains a gentle reminder that asking for aid is important, as well as the hopeful message that help is at hand when it’s needed, and that people feel pleasure by assisting one another. Illustrator Dorman (The Wizard) evokes theme and emotions with cool blue, inviting illustrations, many of them full-spread, depicting a snow-filled winter day. The addition of a little bird on each page will encourage children to examine all the details. A cookie recipe adds an indoor family activity. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)