Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: September 27, 2016
One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders this for so long, in fact, that he falls asleep and wakes up to a world covered in snow. In the midst of a blizzard, Samson finds and shelters the little red bird and flower-loving mouse in a tender tale of kindness and unexpected friendship.
A gorgeous picture book with a simple story that felt a bit meandering, but the illustrations more than made up for it. The pencil animals stood out against the chalk-like backgrounds with pops of color that were integral to the plot. I am quite interested in the artistic process with this one and will be on the lookout for interviews or videos that cover this. If you follow me on Twitter, expect to see something about it if it exists.