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.