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Spirit of the snowpeople
Publication Information:
[Camden, Me.?] : Down East Books, c2008.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
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During a particularly long winter, residents of a small northwoods community build a village of snowpeople that brings joy to visitors from far and near, and when the sculptures begin to melt an elder explains that their spirit will live on throughout the seasons.


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Diane Keyes has worked as a floral designer, home stager, lay minister, retreat director, grief counselor, and book reviewer. Educated at the University of Minnesota, she lives in Fridley, Minnesota.

Helen Stevens a graduate of San Francisco State University, is also a published poet and has her own line of greeting cards. She won a Maine Press Association award for her work; she lives in Gardiner, Maine.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-"Not so long ago, when the world was a gentler place and people were more easily pleased, there lived some plain folk whose small village hugged the shores of a north woods lake." From this rather didactic beginning, the author relates how these simple villagers tended their gardens in the spring, summer, and fall, but sometimes the long, cold winter made them gloomy and restless. One day, the children awaken to find all the adults building snowpeople. Working together, they surround their lake with snow statues in a variety of sizes and poses. Word of the attraction spreads and Snowpeople Lake soon becomes a tourist attraction. The villagers invite the visitors to stay and share their camaraderie, and everyone is happy. But when the weather turns warmer, some visitors are upset to have traveled so far to find that the statues are melting. One grandmother responds with an overly long and earnest speech explaining that the true spirit of the snowpeople is related to the seasons of life. The villagers and those who understand continue on with their chores and return to celebrate the snowpeople the following winter. Although the messages of community cooperation and respecting nature are admirable, this moralistic story sinks under its own weight. The folksy pictures show the snow figures in several impossible poses (a ballerina standing on pointe) and add little to the pedestrian text.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Celebrating the rhythms of the land, the villagers plant in the spring, tend in the summer and harvest in the fall. But winter's idleness is hard, especially for the children. The adults create a "village" of their own--people crafted from snow and a few props. The children quickly join in, until the entire lake is surrounded by snowpeople of all shapes, sizes and types. They ice skate and sled, sing, dance and even fish. Word spreads, and visitors come to see the magical creations. When the approaching spring's warmth melts the snow, the visitors grumble. But, as the villagers explain, the spirit of the snowpeople is in the cycle of life--the melting snow feeds the rivers and fills the clouds which then water the crops. Stevens's magical illustrations capture the joys of a simpler time, and will have readers itching for the snow to fly so they can sculpt their own snowpeople. A beautiful tale on its own, with a deeper message of the connectedness of the seasons. (Picture book. 5-10) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.