As Noelle and Pappie walk home in the ‘cold, crisp air‘, they wonder at the sky. Might there be snow?
Far above them The Snowflake breaks free. Though she is at first determined not to fall, she’s caught by the currents. Thereafter, she tugs and weaves, wheels and dashes. As The Snowflake travels she sees other snowflakes, realising their different forms. The Snowflake is fascinated by the Christmas inviting, lit windows. Where might she land? Is it possible that she could arrive at a window like this?
When Noelle discovers a little branch, she announces it as perfect for her tree. Her mummy takes ‘down some old boxes and paper and, together with Pappie, Noelle’ decorates the tree. They use colours such as they’ve seen in the windows in the town, alongside paper snowflakes. Might this little tree be covered with ‘real snow’?
The Snowflake is tender, beautiful and hopeful. It is a shout to the seasons, the urgency of hope, bond of family and wonder of nature. Benji Davies is an outstanding picture book maker whose work is a triumph. Bookwagon recommends The Snowflake as a picture book to gift, read and share, and treasure.