As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland–beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and one and all, young and old, strangers and neighbors, go out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow–lots and lots of snow.
When a snowstorm blows through town, it knocks out power and sends evening commuters scurrying for the safety and warmth of home.
But in the electricity-free night, one family turns the darkness into an opportunity to slow down and enjoy time together. This charming story follows the evening of an interracial family of four: a brown-skinned and dark-haired woman, little girl, and little boy, and a man presenting as white with light-colored skin and light hair. They have a candlelit picnic of Chinese takeout next to a blazing fireplace and decorated Christmas tree. The family enjoys the rest of the quiet snowy evening beneath a blanket fort in which they sleep together, cat and dog bundled in as well. The next morning, they and the rest of the community go out to play in the snow. The final spread in the book depicts the family’s cat and dog looking at the happy human tableau, now within the snow globe, which reads “Peace on Earth.” The muted colors, simple, childlike renderings, and happy characters make this book about a snowstorm feel warm and cozy—think hygge in picture-book form. Aside from the star-topped, decorated tree and the “Peace on Earth” message, often associated with Christmas, there are no religious symbols used in the book.
The feelings of community and togetherness are palpable.(Picture book. 4-8)
“Well, when I first saw Erin Dealey’s cover for SNOW GLOBE WISHES, ill. by Claire Shorrock / Sleeping Bear, I had high expectations- Nevertheless, the book did not disappoint- It’s sure to be an enduring holiday classic. Lyrical and beautiful.” —Dylan Teut / Exec. Director Plum Creek Festival