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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A delightful story of the life of Snowflake, who was "all stars and arrows, squares and triangles of ice and light". Through Snowflake's special role in the pattern of creation and life, Paul Gallico has given us a simple allegory on the meaning of life, its oneness and ultimate safety. ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published January 1976 by Michael Joseph Ltd (first published 1952)
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Literary Relish
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tumbling through the pale wintry sky, we follow Snowflake through her short life, from the hillsides of a mountain village to the great, stormy sea from which she finally evaporates. On the way she experiences the full range of human emotion; from great sadness and fear to deep love and contentment. From floating placidly around lakes to fighting great fires, Snowflake even has time to have children with her great love ‘Raindrop’ … in-between musing on the meaning of life, that is.

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Jun 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018
found this sorting books for the library booksale, and borrowed it because I like many of Gallico's. This religious biography of a snowflake, and her marriage to a raindrop, was very odd. ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such gentle drama! If you want to raise a future water conservationist, this would be a great place to start. I bought this for a baby shower gift but it's almost more appropriate for someone at the end of their life, who needs to be reminded that they were (are) useful + loved.

A deeply spiritual read about interconnectedness, transformation and purpose.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was charmed by the story of a snowflake born in the Alps and her journey thru life. She experiences both beauty and joy as well as fear and loneliness. There is a religious underpinning to the story as she tries to understand "the One who created her" but even the non-spiritual should enjoy this beautiful story. ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
This is absolutely one of the best "childrens" books I have ever read. Reminiscent of the larger meaning of the Chronicles of Narnia, it is the sweetest tale of the life and times of a snowflake and how she fits into the world and makes it better for everyone, including herself.

Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This certainly wasn't a bad book, but I feel that the impact the author intended it to have was lost on me. The use of Him and Creation with capitals was a bit too much for me. I understand his intentions though and it's a pretty little book. Great for bedtime reading, but not much else. ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gallico seemed to specialise in these small, feel good books, and was expert at writing a "nice" book ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-owned, 2-favorites
Poetical and charming I found this a perfect allegory of life.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Beautiful little book, with wonderful writing. Very special.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Paul Gallico must have been an oddity. He started out as a sportswriter/literary critic, and eventually wrote The Poseidon Adventure and a couple of psycho-hostage novels. In between times, he wrote a lot of sentimental stuff that sold like hotcakes. Some of it, like The Silent Miaow: A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats his manual for orphan cats, is pretty cute. Some of it is pure schlock or, like Jennie, downright depressing.

This very short, very fast read is the life-cycle (so to
Shannon (enchantedfiction)
Cute little story about the life cycle of a snowflake. Not much to say since it is so short, but it's a story of contemplation about existence, understanding that everything is here for a reason, and that experiencing emotions are a part of life. There was a lot of mention about God without saying so much, but the capital He always gives that away. As someone who does not practice a religion, I still felt there was a really good message about stepping back and realizing your worth and all of the ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
Cute concept, but clearly written by a much more God loving religious person than I am. I guess it must be nice to feel like something up there loves you so much, and maybe in the 50’s people really felt that way, but it was way too Christian for my tastes. Too bad, I felt like the idea had merit, but could have been done better
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting. A timely message for these dark days
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really didn’t expect the first book in over three years to make me cry would be one about a snowflake.
Dirk Wickenden
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A small book, a few 'eureka!' moments and helps explain our place in the scheme of things. Interestingly, an audio version by Peter Gabriel misses out the parts mentioning God. Which isn't surprising, given his involvement with the blasphemous Martin Scorsese film about Christ. ...more
Norma Christensen
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This little book has been hanging around my house for was printed in 1953!
It's a charming story about the meaning of life as told through the eyes of a snowflake. She is born, has all kinds of life experiences and meets Raindrop and has babies. He dies and she dies and goes to heaven. Perfect ending, huh? Oh by the way, she has to go through fire first. Things are not just that easy.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, simple and yet aloof. Snowflake is everyone; unique and common all at once and her life experiences are universal. She overcomes heartbreak and pain to find love, purpose and divinity, what more could any one hope for.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked Snowflake very much. It made me cry, even. Snowflake as Everyman. Part of Creation. Made by God. Sometimes understanding and feeling God's providential care. Often not. While its small and unassuming looks may say "child's book", its depth is enough for grown-ups too. ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mine
I loved the way the journey water makes was described and filled in, but there were strong religious connotations throughout the story, which I did not feel connected to, or liked.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I happened to meet this book luckily.Because my favorite musician had made this book's audiobook.I really love the story. ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A true classic from an author who seems to specialise in classics. Easy reading and thought provoking in the best possible way. A must have.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
I love the story in this book!
Jay Zes
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's such a cute story. It would make a wonderful bedtime read for children. But like all such books there's a lot to take away for people of any age.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A childhood favourite
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think I'll reread this fantasy novel at some time in the future.
that's a touching story for me as a woman.

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Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895.

He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Boar

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