Helmore, Jim. The Snow Lion. Illustrated by Richard Jones. Peachtree Publishers, 2018. $17.95. ISBN 9781682630488. Unpaged. Ages 4-8. P6 Q7
It is challenging to move to a new house and make new friends, especially if you are shy. When Caro explores her new house, she discovers a Snow Lion in the white walls. The Snow Lion is a perfect friend for shy Caro. The Snow Lion encourages Caro to play at the park. While Caro is at the park, she meets a boy named Bobby. As she meets new friends, the Snow Lion is there to encourage her. Her mother suggests Caro’s friends work together to paint the white walls. Caro wonders if painting the walls will make her Snow Lion disappear. Illustrations are in subdued muted color, which may not make it as popular as books with brightly colored illustrations. The mixed media artwork illustrations start out dark as Cara’s car is heading toward her new house. The inside of the house is white, which sets the stage for the Snow Lion.
Verdict: Children who are shy will be comforted by the Snow Lion and the positive way he helps Caro find friends. Themes of friendship and courage permeate the sweet story. If a child is not shy and hasn’t had to move, they may not relate as much to the story.
November 2018 review by Tami Harris.