Taghdis, Susan and Mafakheri,Ali. The Snowman and The Sun. Tiny Owl, 2015, pp24, £7.99. 978-1910328101
A snowman wonders what will happen as the sun heats up. And soon it melts – but what happens next (which we know to be part of the water cycle!) is illustrated simply and effectively by Mafakheri. Sharing this story at bedtime would be a lovely way of reminding children that not everything lasts forever, and with loss will eventually come some form of gain. The book would not be out of place in the EYFS classroom either.
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More to read about The Snowman and the Sun:
- The Snowman and the Sun as reviewed by Jill Bennett- Link
- The Snowman and the Sun as reviewed by Parents in Touch- Link
- “A simple story with profound depth”- Armadillo- Link
- Details make a huge difference in the story- A blog post- Link
- magical illustrations of tiny Owl Books- A feedback from our readers- Link
- “Tiny Owl is a brilliant new publisher to watch out for”- Dolphin Booksellers- Link
- A wonderful event- A report- Link
- A life lesson through a story- A blog post- Link
- A piece by the Guardian family reviewers, Link.
- The Snowman’s chattiness is beautifully complemented by the illustrations. Link
- A review by Let Them Be Small blog. Link
- The magical shape shifting of a snowman. A review by IBBY Link. Link
In Alive Again the text does not try to be a conventional poem as we might see it.
When blossom goes, does the word blossom die? Can there ever be blossom again?,
This characteristic is also at the heart of When I Coloured the World, where Ahmadi again highlights the importance of the word, linking words to colours, bringing them to life. Also bringing these words to life are the illustrations. Nahid Kazemi creates illustrations for Alive Again using textured collages and muted hessian colours so that the splashes of vibrant reds, greens and orange jump off the page, providing a subtle visual counterpoint to the text. In When I Coloured the World, Ehsan Abdollahi looks to the heritage of Iranian art with his contemporary illustrations that are presented in a traditional way as single page spreads where the background colour reflects the colour referred to in the accompanying text.
These two books are not just joyful exploration of language, but would also provide the basis for imaginative work and discussion. Here worlds are brought together, annihilating boundaries.
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More about When I Coloured in the World:
- This book was among the best children’s books of 2015 by the Guardian. Link
- A review by Jill Bennett. Link
- Simple concept with a profound message. Link
- Jackie Morris’s stuning words about this book. Link
- Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. Link
- A life lesson through a story. Link
- How would you colour the world? Link
- Inspirational illustrations. Link
- Learn more about Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Author of this book. Link
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