Once Upon a Snowstorm


There is little food in the house. Despite the deep snow, the boy and his father venture out. The density of the snow causes them to separate. Suddenly, the boy is lost, ‘Once Upon a Snowstorm.’

The cave in which he seeks shelter reveals more than he, or we, could ever contemplate. There is so much love, warmth and protection, that the boy feels safe, despite the absence of his father. Yet, he longs for home. Can he return? Who will help him?

‘Once Upon a Snowstorm‘ is a winter magical wordless picture book. The nostalgia tinged, snowdrift splattered images suggest something mystical, cold, distant and hidden. Each reading offers a little more to be discovered, or explored. This is a truly beautiful book.


Once Upon a Snowstorm

Richard Johnson

(Faber & Faber)

‘Once Upon a Snowstorm‘, a boy and his father ventured into the snowdrifts in search for food. Despite their closeness, the deep snow makes progress difficult; they are separated. What will the boy find when he awakens from his safety cave? How can he be reunited with his father?
Once Upon a Snowstorm‘ is a heartwarming, inspirational wordless picture book. Richard Johnson’s story sequencing, and winter magical pictures are distant, hidden and splendid.


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