Where Snow Angels Go
Maggie O’Farrell, Author
Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Fiction, Nov. 16, 2021
Suitable for Ages: 7-10
Themes: Snow Angel, Illness, Family, Friends, Fable, Magical
Opening: “Have you ever woken suddenly, in the middle of the night, without knowing why?”
Book Jacket Synopsis: One night, Sylvie wakes up and is astonished to see, standing beside her bed, a figure in white with enormous feathery wings. Is it possible that something extraordinary has happened? Could this be the angel she made last winter in the snow?
The snow angel has returned to her, with a very important mission: to save her life. Sylvie is ill and the snow angel awakens her mother. He assures Sylvie that she will forget all about him as soon as she goes to sleep, but somehow, she doesn’t. Sylvie then tries everything she can think of to bring him back to earth, but nothing works. Until one winter’s day, when Sylvie looks around and wonders whether her friends and family have their own protective angel. How can she convince her Snow Angel to help with this monumental task?
Why I like this book:
Maggie O’Farrell’s is a modern fable/fairy tale that will fill kids with wonder. It is a cozy bedtime read aloud that reminds me a bit of the books that were read to me as a child. The narrative is a bit lengthy, but lends itself to the author’s beautiful lyrical prose. I love that the story began with a bedtime story she made up for her own children. Where Snow Angels Go will lead to many meaningful discussions.
Sylvie is a compassionate and selfless character who wants to make contact with her snow angel after she recovers from a lengthy illness. Sylvie faces some other dangerous challenges and she senses the snow angel is with her in different forms. She realizes that the snow angel is her protector and she wants to make sure that her family and other children have protectors. This story will warm your heart.
The cover on the book is stunning. The swirls around Sylvie are in silver, adding to the book’s appeal. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini’s dreamy illustrations are magical and capture the wonder in O’Farrell’s story. I have many favorite scenes, but I love the ones of Sylvie with her snow angel. Children will enjoy pouring over the pages.
Resources/Activities: Winter is here, a time of adventure for children. After the next snow, go outside with your children and make your own snow angels. Take pictures of your snow angels. You may even want to draw pictures.
Maggie O’Farrell was born in Northern Ireland. She is the author of nine books for adults, one of which won the Costa Novel Award. Where Snow Angels Go is her first book for children. She lives in Edinburgh with her three children, many cats and a mysterious tortoise.
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*Review copy provided by Candlewick Press in exchange for a review.