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Book Buzz: The Snow Lion

Book Buzz: The Snow Lion

The Snow Lion

By Jim Helmore, Illustrated by Richard Jones

Ages 5-7, Peachtree Publishing

Making friends in a new place is always difficult for the young. Caro and her mom moved to a new house. The house had white walls, white ceilings and white doors. Everything was white. She had many places to explore in the house. But she soon became kind of bored. She wished she had someone to play with. That’s when she heard a voice, “How about a game of hide-and-seek?”

The Snow Lion revealed itself barely noticeable along the all-white walls, winking. Caro and the Snow Lion played hide-and-seek all day long, climbing and chasing each other.

One day, Caro and the Snow Lion looked out the window to see two neighborhood boys flying their kites with colorful tails floating in the breeze. When one of the boys saw Caro, he waved. She shyly looked away. She preferred to play with the Snow Lion.

Later, the Snow Lion asked if Caro has tried the slide in the park. There Caro found the boy who had waved at her. His name was Bobby. They ran and chased each other all afternoon.

Another day, Bobby asked Caro to come play with his friends. “Give it a try,” said the Snow Lion. Caro’s world was expanding.

It all changed even more when Caro’s mom gave a paint-the-house party for all the neighborhood children. Now the house was no longer white all over. Where was the Snow Lion?

Richard Jones’s soft pastel-colored limited pallet helps tell the story with an innocence that just barely reveals the Snow Lion at times and who is well hidden at others.

Jim Helmore’s gentle story of the Snow Lion reminds us that getting used to new surroundings for children can be daunting. But eventually, with a little encouragement, new friendships are made and things seem better with time.

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website:

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