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Samson in the Snow
by Philip C. Stead


Overview - One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend.  Read more...

 
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Overview
One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders this for so long, in fact, that he falls asleep and wakes up to a world covered in snow. In the midst of a blizzard, Samson finds and shelters the little red bird and flower-loving mouse in a tender tale of kindness and unexpected friendship.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781626721821
  • ISBN-10: 1626721823
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stead (Ideas Are All Around) returns to themes he’s made his own: friendship, acceptance, and love for small, ordinary objects that most people overlook. Together, his observations form a gentle theology. Samson is a mammoth who wears an expression of furry concern. He’s first seen weeding his dandelion patch. (Aren’t dandelions weeds? Not to Samson.) A red bird appears: “Would you mind if I took some flowers for a friend?” the bird asks. “He is having a bad day.” Samson hears this wistfully: “He wondered what it would be like to have a friend.” When a blizzard descends, Samson thinks immediately of the bird, his concern etched in a wordless vision of the tiny animal sprawled in the snow, and sets out to rescue her. Samson trudges over broad, snowy plains, eventually finding a mouse—the very friend, it emerges, for whom the flowers were intended. Together they find the bird, not a moment too soon. The contrast between the very large and the very small contributes to the story’s magic, and so does Samson, a hero who is tender, patient, and loyal. Ages 4–8. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.)

 
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