The Little Snowplow

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In The Little Snowplow, the eponymous plow is told by the larger trucks to focus on little tasks. And that’s what the good-natured plow does. He even works out to prepare for winter. Eventually, a snow storm hits, and a big truck is buried by an avalanche. The indefatigable plow digs it out, and is fully accepted by the other trucks.

The story offers positive themes of hard work and self-confidence in the face of doubters. Unfortunately, elements of the plot were predictable (the snow storm, the plow being the unlikely hero), and the tale has been told before. Instead of ending on a high note or with an unexpected twist, the story simply fades. Little snowplow is tired from the day’s efforts, and wants to sleep.

Throughout the story, the trucks speak and move independently. So, it seemed odd that during the snow storm, the plow suddenly required a human driver. That point aside, the artwork is terrific. The trucks’ facial expressions effectively convey emotions, and the art does a fantastic job capturing the mood and feel of a snow storm.

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Author Lora Koehler, Jake Parker, Illustrator
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 2015-Oct-13
ISBN 9780763670740
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Issue November 2015
Category Children's


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