Down East 2013 ©
Spirit of the Snowpeople
Somewhere in the north, where the winters are long and dark, the adults decide to brighten their children’s days by creating snow figures. While the children sleep, their elders use snow to create men and women, children and pets, and much more. When the children awake, they join in the fun, building more and more snowpeople -- so many, in fact, that they surround the nearby lake with them. Neighboring villagers come to see the marvelous figures, and the snowpeople bring cheer to all who see them. But snow does not last forever, and when the snowpeople melt, the villagers must find a new way to keep the spirit of the snowpeople alive in their hearts.
"Stevens’s magical illustrations capture the joys of a simpler time, and will have readers itching for the snow to fly so they can sculpt their own snowpeople. A beautiful tale on its own, with a deeper message of the connectedness of the seasons." --Kirkus Reviews
"Lovingly illustrated.... Snowpeople is eye catchy with the vivid and detailed illustrations packed with visual entertainment.... The book is about celebrating the seasons of life -- and the memories we have of those gone from our lives.... The book is well suited for children and adults as its message is on those levels. It would be a wonderful gift to yourself and your church or school library so others remember to rejoice in the seasons of life.... The combination of the right words and complementary illustrations makes this a must-have book." --www.ArmchairInterviews.com
"clever children’s tale ... smartly illustrated." --Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine