HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Snow Lambs
Author and Illustrator: Debi Gliori
Publisher: Hippo Books, new edition published in 1998
ISBN-13: 978-0590203043 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10 0590203045 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13 978-0590208536 (Paperback)
ISBN-10 0590660365 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gliori, Debi. The Snow Lambs (published in 1996 by Scholastic Inc.). In this charming picture book, one snowy, blowy night, redheaded Sam and his father are counting their flock and Bess the sheepdog goes missing while searching for a pregnant ewe which had been lost in the storm. Sam worries about Bess out in the blizzard. Will she ever find her way home? And what will happen with Dad’s best ewe? This is a suspenseful but ultimately reassuring book in which author and illustrator Debi Gliori uses a split-page effect to contrast Sam’s safety and warmth at home with the perilous situation of the brave dog and the ewe.
The cheerful illustrations are densely textured and skillfully use the effects of light to convey sensation as they evoke the bitterness of the cold and the anxieties of the deep shadows. The story would make a great read aloud, especially to snuggle up on a cold winter’s night, especially for those ages where children can be lost with too many words. The love and devotion that the boy has for his dog, and the dedication that the dog has too, are both very sweet. It’s also good for learning that problems can be overcome with determination.