Book review: Toys Meet Snow, by Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky

Jenkins, Emily. Toys Meet Snow: Being the Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plus Stingray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Ball. Il. Paul O. Zelinsky. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. $17.99. unp. 978-0-385-37330-2. Ages 3-6. P9Q9

Jenkins Toys Meet SnowA sparkly cover invites readers into the sequel to Toys Go Out, in a paean to friendship, teamwork, and blended perceptions as three delightful characters (StingRay in a plastic bag because she’s dry-clean only) leave the unoccupied house for a walk in the winter landscape. Exploring the mysteries, StingRay finds poetic reasons to Lumphy’s questions while Plastic provides a scientific rationale. Lumphy asks what a snowflake is. StingRay calls it a “tiny ballerina,” but Plastic says that he read that it’s “just really tiny frozen water.” The conclusion shows the combination of poetry and science. In this first full-color picture book about the toys in Jenkins’ Toys chapter book, Zelinsky’s beautiful digital illustrations make the book a genuine delight from the beginning scenes of the toys working to open the door before they build a snowman and watch the lovely sunset. A wonderful read-aloud with great opportunity to ask “what do you think?”

October/November 2015 review by Nel Ward.

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