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December 11, 2013

For gifters: kid picture books with snowy themes

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• “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, from Harper. The black crow and troll practically jump off the page in detailed, lifelike drawings by the Russian-born artist. The queen, with winged headpiece and icy eyes, lures young Kai to her frozen castle, where he nearly perishes from cold until his rescue by childhood friend Gerda.

• “Big Snow,” written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean, from Farrar Straus Giroux. Tells the story of an antsy young boy who awaits a big snowstorm. Botching chores with his mother when changing bedsheets, fluffy flour for cookies and sudsy soap bubbles while cleaning the bathroom lead him into a blizzard dream at naptime.

• “When it Snows,” by Richard Collingridge, from Feiwel and Friends. A picture book debut that features not only an eery ode to mega-snow and various large icy creatures, but also a good word at the end for reading itself.

• “Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow,” by David Soman and Jacky Davis, Dial Books for Young Readers. The latest in the best-selling franchise by this husband-and-wife team. Lulu dons her trademark all-red ladybug look, dotted wings and tutu over puffy jacket and snow pants to romp in a magical big snow with her dog, Bingo. Joined by her brother, they create lots of snow animals, including a nice likeness of her pet.

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