The Snowflake

by Benji Davies (Author) Benji Davies (Illustrator)

The Snowflake
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From Benji Davies, the award-winning creator of Tad and The Storm Whale, comes a dazzling wintery tale about a young girl wishing for a perfect Christmas tree, and a young snowflake wishing for the perfect place to land.

High, high up in the clouds, a tiny snowflake is made. Perfectly fluffy and white, she tumbles and bounces on the clouds. But then, to her dismay, she begins to fall. . . .

Exquisitely written and beautifully illustrated, The Snowflake tells the separate stories of one snowflake and one little girl--both longing for their own special place in the world--that spin together into a magical ending. The snowflake and Noelle discover that wherever we go, and however we fall, in the end, we all find a way to shine.

Perfect for fans of The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Loren Long, and Dasher by Matt Tavares.

Publishers Weekly

In this gentle tale of serendipity, originally published in the U.K., the paths of a child and a newly formed snowflake converge for some holiday sparkle. Noelle, a white girl with dot eyes bundled in a red parka and chunky blue knit cap, dreams of a Christmas tree like the brightly decorated one she and her grandfather, Pappie, and their dog admire in a storefront window on their walk home. Inspired, she transforms a stray branch from the sidewalk into a decorated little tree outside her own window, but it's still missing something. That same winter's night, a tiny, dot-eyed snowflake begins her descent--twisting and tumbling, anxiously seeking the best place to land. Davies's prose has an elegant simplicity ("The snowflake fell over tree-dotted hillsides./ She drifted over valleys and streams./ She hoped she would soon stop falling") as sweeping digital spreads ensure that readers will continue turning the pages of this quietly satisfying narrative. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Review quotes

Hope and patience are rewarded in this cozy holiday tale. —Kirkus Reviews
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2021

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