You make me smile

Layn Marlow

Book - 2013

A little girl rushes out into the first snow of the year, filled with wonder, and builds a friend.

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Picture books
New York : Holiday House c2013.
First American Edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Main Author
Layn Marlow (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The "you" of the title is the snowman that a little girl builds during the first snow of the season. This girl is not just building a snowman but welcoming the return of an old friend. This enchanting celebration of a long-awaited comeback takes us from inside to outside, as we see the girl inside watching as the snow begins to transform the landscape and then follow her eagerly clambering outside. There she bustles about, shaping the snow into mounds, pulling a carrot from her pocket, and giving the snowman arms and a mouth. The girl and her soon-to-melt companion pose for a picture together. The illustrations, showing the changing colors of a winter sky and bright white snow punctuated by the girl's yellow-and-orange scarf, perfectly convey this change. The last double-page spread shows the girl reminding the melting snowman that if he waits through the coming seasons, they "can share a snowy smile again." Lovely in illustration and message. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—A small child is watching and waiting for something. The second-person narrative tells the youngster that the day is special. Snow starts falling, and soon the child bundles up and goes outside. "You'll be cold, cold, cold, with a radish-red nose." Even at this point, readers don't know who is speaking. As the day progresses the child builds a snowman, and readers realize that the snowman has been narrating. When the youngster places a bent twig on his face, he says, "today is the special day…when you make me…smile." Smiling child and snowman pose for Dad's photo. After a two-page romp through the seasons, the story ends with the promise, "A year may pass, but if you wait…we can share a snowy smile again." The closing image is the one the child's father snapped with his camera. The illustrations look like pencil and gouache drawings. They're soft around the edges and just right for a snowy story. It's a simple story, just a child, Dad, and a snowman. The mood it creates is perfect for the season.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI [Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A celebration of the wintertime's first snowfall depicts a gray, chilly day during which a soft snow gradually blankets everything in white before a rosy-cheeked little girl in a warm hat and scarf goes out to play and build a charming snowman. By the creator of Hurry Up and Slow Down.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A little girl rushes out into the first snow of the year, filled with wonder, and builds a friend.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Today has something special in store--the first snow! The day begins with gray skies and a chill in the air, but soon soft blankets of white cover everything in sight. Hooray! With a warm hat and scarf, it's time to get out of the house and into the bright, white world. Soft illustrations follow a rosy-cheeked girl through the steps of building a charming snowman. His radish-red nose, shiny black eyes, and perfect smile will warm the hearts of readers.