Review by Lesley Thomson
Enchanting, that is the first word that comes to mind about this delightful book, Snow and Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin. Beautifully illustrated and in lyrical language, it is intended for ages 8-12, but we defy any adult not to be as captivated as we were.
Rose and Snow, two sisters totally different to each other in looks and temperament, are daughters of a wealthy man and his wife. One day their beloved father goes into the woods and never returns, thus the family have to leave their lovely big home and garden and live in a hut in the woods. But the sisters keep looking for their father, and have many adventures along the way.
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They meet a boy their own age, Ivo, who also goes missing. Ivo’s uncle thinks the bear has taken him, but the girls know it is not the bear, as it is curled up asleep in their home, keeping warm in front of the fire.
Like all good fairy tales, this has a happy ending. We just wish we had come across this author before.
Emily Winfield Martin has written and illustrated four other picture books and two children’s fiction. Snow and Rose really is a charming book to share and enjoy.
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Next up, I look at two perfect books for toddlers. Both with a cuddly soft toy, these hardback happy stories are perfect for bedtime reading.
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill.
Spot is a yellow puppy with a brown spot on each side of his body and a brown tip on his tail. He is full of curiosity, helpfulness, and a huge desire to learn.
Sally needs help finding this lovable puppy by lifting each flap, coming across all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding.
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding, illustrated by Chris Chatterton.
Help your little one fall asleep with Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn, the best-selling story written specifically for bedtime.
Full of magic, sparkle, rainbows and Twinkle, who is a naughty, but pretty, unicorn. It’s bedtime, but one lively little Twinkle can’t quite settle down and go to sleep … what mischief can she get up to? A perfect story to read at bedtime.
**Snow and Rose is published by Penguin Random House – ISBN 978 0 553 53821 2 (rrpR155).
**Where’s Spot Book & Toy, Puffin/Penguin Random House – ISBN 978 0 2414 1 1780 (rrp R290).
**Little Unicorn Book & Toy, Ladybird/Penguin Random House ISBN978 0 2414 1 9892 (rrp R290).