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The Snowbear

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again?

The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and brav
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by words pictures
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
With winter almost here and snow on the horizon, this is an amazing book to have ready to read to your children. Iggy and Martina wake up to a snowy world and are excited about getting outside. They are warned by mother about the steep hill and the slippery slope as they head outside to make a snowman. The snowman, becomes a snowbear with a happy smile. But when they decide to go sledding, they run into trouble. How will they get back up the steep hill? Will they make it safely back home? The Sn ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you want to build a snow bear....
if it’s going to protect me and pull a frosty, then heck ya! Lucky little kids. Cute book. Got some giggles from it.
Wayne McCoy
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
'Snow Bear' by Sean Taylor with illustrations by Claire Alexander is about a magical adventure in the snow.

Iggy and Martina wake up to a world full of snow. They make a snowman, but it looks more like a snowbear. They take a long sled ride and find themselves in trouble. They get rescued by an unusual new friend.

When I was a kid, I remember snow days had a certain wonderful quality. This book captures that feeling beautifully with the text and great illustrations. I think this is a book that yo
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What if what you made came alive! These children tried making a snowman, and it became a snowbear. This snowbear was more than a snowman. He didn't thaw, he didn't stay where he was made, but he walked into the woods to save his makers. He was that kind of a snowbear. The Snowbear is the kind of book that could be used to make children believe in the power of things they make. Above all, I needed to read this to believe in what I make -- doodles or blogs or journals. I am reminded again about wh ...more
Laura Harrison
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the prettiest, more charming picture books I have been delighted to own. A wonderful size-perfect for story and bedtimes. Bold, simple, child appealing illustrations. A must own!
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Squeeeeee, this book was just too adorable. Not only because of the warm, fluffy story, but also because of the illustrations!

Meet Iggy and Martina, a brother and sister, who both are very eager to play in the snow that fell the night prior. They do the same stuff everyone does in the snow, snowball fights, sledding, but also making a snowman, or in this case a very big and fluffy snowbear! But as they walk and sled around they
J.L. Slipak
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snow bear. But then a sledge ride takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again? The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child’s imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and bravery make it a great choice for story time, as a bedtime read or on car trips. Children will love the crisp, wintry
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Snowbear is a beautifully illustrated short book aimed at younger children (4+ years). Sean Taylor's sweet story about how magical snow days can be is gorgeously illustrated and supported by Claire Alexander's charcoal pencil and watercolour illustrations. This is definitely a cuddle-up and read along story which will become a fast favourite. It's very short, 32 pages, and is published in hardcover format by Quarto Publishing - words & pict
Alex  Baugh
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Iggy and Martina are surprised to wake up and find that it had snowed overnight. Going out to play, their mom tells them to be careful of the hill - it’s steep and slippery in the snow. The kids decide to build a snowman, but he looks more like a snowbear after they put a hat on him. Next, they decide to slide down the hill on their sled, but it is so steep and slippery that they can’t stop and find themselves deep in the woods, facing a very unfriendly wolf. Suddenly, the wolf runs away and Igg ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher -
Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again?
The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and brav
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s the Christmas season and parts of the world, just not where I’m at, get to experience snow making this the perfect story to read with your kiddos.

Christmas and snow melt together to create magic in the world especially for kids who just want to play, sled and create that oh so iconic image - a Snowman.

This is a wonderful, heart warming story about that happier side of childhood; how imagination can change the world around you for the better. Although I have no childhood memories of playing
Sarai Henderson
Since I have a four year old, I love to pick up a picture book every once and a while to review. Usually, my son and I will sit down and read the book together, this way I can get a true review on how kids will love it as well as how much moms love it, and we all know that if mom doesn't like it, she won't read it again.

My son seemed to listen to the story ok, but he didn't ask me to read it again like he usually does with books he is interested in.

My take on the story was kind of lackluster.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars - a perfectly decent little picture book for little picture book readers. Two children play together in the snow, and build a snowman that looks like a bear, only to get into no end of trouble when they disobey their mother... The artwork has a gentle charm with a touch of the rough-and-ready naivety the target audience would enjoy, and the tale is very pleasant - not fixated on Christmas, like so many books, but just encapsulating one wintry set of events, with a bit of my ...more
Bran Pendergrass
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
Iggy and Martina made a snowman. But their snowman looked more like a snowbear. ‘He looks happy to be made,” said Martina. And it was true
Move over Frosty there is a new white wonder coming to life! This story was enchanting and totally imaginative! Nothing brings out the imagination like a snow day with no end in sight! The ground covered in snow for as far as your little eyes can see! And for Iggy and Martina that was all the way down in the woods at the bottom of a slippery hill! Here danger
Richelle Zirkle
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this title and its wonderful illustrations! If you're a fan of Raymond Briggs' work, I think you'll like this, too.

Iggy and Martina wake up to freshly fallen snow. Their mother warns them to be careful playing outside because it's slippery. Excited, they work toward building a snowman, but the snowman more closely resembles a snowbear. Their sledding adventure that follows ends with them in the woods confronted by a wolf. Will they be able to escape the wolf and make it back up the slipp
Debbie Smith
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book

Iggy and Martina wake up to a snow-covered yard. Mom tells them to, “Make a snowman if you want. But be careful because the hill is too steep and slippery.” They attempt to build a snowman, but it ends up looking more like a snowbear. After finishing the snowbear Iggy suggests they slide down the hill. Though Martina is concerned because they were told its slippery they both hop on the sled and ss----llll----iiii----dddd----eee down the hill. It seems they are never going to stop. But at the bot
I’ve found another wonderful bear book, and Sean Taylor has written this darling story of two children who build a snowman. However, when their mother comes to look, she says it looks more like a bear and warns the children to be careful on the big hill because it’s very steep and slick. Well, the children take the sled down with much whooping and hollering, but when they try to get up the hill they cannot. That’s when the magic begins. That cute and large snowbear becomes a real bear and comes ...more
Zoe Hickey
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
For me, the illustrations by Claire Alexander are the real draw to this tale from Sean Taylor. The illustrations bring out the magic of the story and actually make you believe in the movement captured in 2-d illustrations.

Iggy and Martina wake up to a snow white world and venture out to build a snowman (but it ends up to looking like a snowbear) and sledding. Thank goodness they take to build the snowbear 1st before they take off for a trip down the hill.

The styling of The Snowbear is reminisce
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, den
I am reviewing this book for Sean Taylor, Quarto Publishing, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
A lovely cosy book about a pair of kids who build a snowbear. It’s amazing where your imagination can take you. When they woke up to snow, it reminded me of our weekend away last weekend, when we discovered the world was white. I can just imagine how delighted these children would feel. They get stuck down the bottom of a steep hill and have to rely on their new frien
Jessica McAllister
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Initially, I thought I was going to love this story. However, I did not end up enjoying it as much as I thought. I think the story was pretty generic and nothing special. The Magic element was missing for me. If it didn't keep my attention I am not sure it would keep a child's attention...The illustrations were cute though.

I received an ARC of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Donna Maguire
This is a lovely little picture book which some great images - it is absolutely perfect for the festive season and I will be reading it again to my daughter over Christmas - really easy to follow, nice and bright with a good story.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gentle story about siblings Iggy and Martina who build a snow bear and the adventure they have when it comes to life. Despite the snowy setting the illustrations have plenty of colour and are enchanting. A delightful cosy read to share with younger children during the cold winter months.
Kimberly Bower MLIS (gladeslibrarian)
Read THE SNOWBEAR during @24in48. It is strange seeing a sled referred to as a 'sledge'. The scenes seemed disjointed and the story had too many sentences starting with the word 'and'. Cute concept, but I won't share it with students. ...more
Cute, but Raymond Briggs' The Snowman did it better. ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
When it snows all night, there is enough snow to build a snowbear! Will the children play by themselves or have a new friend?
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture
I do not like how this book is written, I’m not sure what it is that bothers me.

The idea is cute as are the illustrations, but something is lacking imho.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I just kept hoping for more to the story. I felt like it was very lackluster. Illustrations were very cute though.
Very cute book about a brother and sister who build a snowbear who in turn saves them from a Wolf
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet and simple illustrations bring a bear made of snow to glorious life in this adorable little storybook.
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Sean Taylor started writing poetry as a teenager. In 1993, he came across a newspaper article which reported that a goat slaughtered in Iran had been found to have teeth made of gold. He tried writing a story for children. It was called 'The Goat with the Golden Teeth' and it won second prize in a competition run by the British newspaper 'The Independent' and Scholastic Children's Books. Since the ...more

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