The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Rebecca Davies

1 Dream Snow 297x300 The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Dream Snow by Eric CarleFor December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 1st is Eric Carle’s ‘Dream Snow’.

Eric Carle is best-known as the creator of the enduring children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here, he applies his trademark tracing paper collage technique to a charming little winter’s tale about a farmer who dreams of a White Christmas when he falls asleep.

While there are no holey bits of melon or salami to negotiate here, Carle still has a couple of interactive tricks up his sleeve for young readers, as the farmer and his animals become hidden under a layer of acetate snow. There’s also a rather flashy finale – and I mean that literally.   

Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the ‘calendar door’ for December 2nd and catch up on my previous recommendations here

Rebecca Davies is a journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel set in Hackney. You can follow her on Twitter as @TheStoryMonster

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