“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Snow Lion

Written: Jim Helmore

Illustrated by: Richard Jones

Published by: Simon & Schuster, London, Uk. September 2017

Ages:   2 years and over.

Theme: Friendship, courage.

Opening Lines: Caro and her mum went to live in a new house at the top of a hill.

Synopsis: from Amazon;-

When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. There’s only so much exploring she can do by herself! It’s not long though before she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. He’s as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it’s soon time for Caro to venture out on her own

Why I like this: This is a beautiful timeless story that will touch your heart. Caro feels lonely and shy when she moves to a new house. But a snow lion that appears in the white walls of the house helps her overcome her shyness and encourages her to venture out. When her friends come over and help paint the walls in different colours the snow lion disappears, or has he? A classic story, with a touch of magic. Jim’s simple few lines of text on full page illustrations make this a treasure for all the family.

Resources/Findings:  I found this book along with other books by Jim Helmore on this Teachers Aid Blog with activities for kids 2 years and over…   http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/author-resources/jim-helmore-banner

This story took me back to primary school when I used to look after a younger class before my class started and I would draw lions (the only thing I knew how to draw back then) on the blackboard while we waited for the teacher to arrive. The kids loved it. So did the teacher. Here is a website on how to draw lions…     http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-lion-for-kids.html#.Wr58essh3IU

Cool facts for kids about lions…   https://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/fun-cool-lion-facts-for-kids/

A lesson aid for teachers       https://study.com/academy/lesson/white-lion-facts-lesson-for-kids.html

I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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12 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. It reminds me of an imaginary friend that boosts a young girl’s self-confidence — or is it magic? What a lovely story. I love the cover!

    • Yes it does. And I also love the cover. I immediately picked it up as I have written a similar draft of an imaginary friend or is it a dream or is it magic? Hmmm.. 😉

  2. What a lovely book, Diane. I’ve not heard of it so I appreciate you sharing it! And those are great activities!

    • It is beautiful Vivian. I just couldn’t resist picking it up. Thank you so much for sharing this post I’ve been a bit absent on my blog of late. So thanks again.

  3. This is definitely an interesting book. What a lovely cover. Looking forward to checking it out.

  4. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Ah, the safety in having a friend who’s a … lion? But still, that support until you’re ready to go it alone, that’s important.

  5. This pick sounds amazing! And I love that you used to draw lions. What a fun connections. I used to draw squirrels. Memory makers indeed.

  6. I looked on my library’s website, but this book is nowhere in the system and can’t be brought in from another library. Sadness… It looks like a wonderful book. I’ll see if the bookstore has it.

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