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Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid

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Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid

Post Number:#1 by MsTri
» 18 Oct 2017, 13:28

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Christmas with Snowman Paul" by Yossi Lapid.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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When I was growing up – and even now, if I'm being honest – my favorite Christmas special was Frosty the Snowman, so I was very excited to read Christmas With Snowman Paul. Written by Yossi Lapid, this is a short story about snowman Paul who is very sad that he cannot spend Christmas indoors with the family. Told from the first-person point of view by an unnamed child, we see if the situation can be fixed so no one is left out on the holiday.

This is a cute little book that I finished in a matter of moments, so it's just right for young children, who tend to have short attention spans. The tale has a very clear problem, discussion of the problem, and resolution, all written at the perfect pace. The story is also written in rhyme, so it has a great cadence and can be used as a bedtime story. I found no grammatical errors or misspellings in the book.

The illustrations, drawn by Joanna Pasek, are done in a watercolor-type manner and cover the full page, giving children a lot to look at. I also like that this style of drawing was used because it's unusual for children's books and could potentially be something children can talk to their parents about. Paul is also a real cutie; while he has the traditional carrot nose, he also has sticks for hair, and I think his look will make children giggle. I certainly did. Additionally, the pictures of Paul looking sad were wonderfully done, and I felt his pain just from looking at the illustrations. The other characters in the book aren't given names, but I don't think it takes away from the story. In fact, giving the characters names of their own choosing can be an activity to further heighten the enjoyment of young readers.

The underlying themes of this story are friendship and acceptance, and I think the points are delivered well without coming across too strongly. I also like that these themes are included in a story taking place during the holiday season since Christmas is traditionally a time of love and giving to others. At the same time, I think this tale can also be enjoyed by children who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan since these themes are universal in nature.

I'm happy to give Christmas With Snowman Paul a resounding 4 out of 4 stars. While children are clearly the intended audience for this book, I also recommend it for teens or adults who are children at heart.

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Re: Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi La

Post Number:#2 by geoffrey ngoima
» 19 Oct 2017, 06:57

Sounds like the perfect Christmas book with Christmas around the corner, great review.
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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 19 Oct 2017, 07:23

I love cute little Christmas books. I had this great Christmas record I listened to growing up. It was like an old time audiobook. Sounds like a cute story! Thanks!
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Re: Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi La

Post Number:#4 by MsTri
» 19 Oct 2017, 13:06

Thank you, @ geoffrey ngoima & kandscreeley. And I remember the little "record player" for children that came with records that could be played on it. Aaaaaaaa, those were the days!
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Post Number:#5 by Mercy Bolo
» 19 Oct 2017, 13:10

An awesome book for children and adults to enjoy during Christmas.
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Post Number:#6 by MarisaRose
» 20 Oct 2017, 07:11

I read another of the 'Snowman Paul' books and I absolutely loved it as well! The illustrations really are amazing. I had so much fun looking at all the details the illustrator included. Glad you liked this one so much; great review!
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Post Number:#7 by meteku4
» 20 Oct 2017, 07:19

I think this is a great book for kids. You kept the review very succinct, just like the book itself. Christmas during childhood has always been wonderful moments for me. Good to explore others' experiences.
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Post Number:#8 by Kalin Adi
» 20 Oct 2017, 10:37

I also agree that the watercolor illustrations can attact the kids' attention. The story sounds very cute and solid. Thanks for the review!
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Re: Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi La

Post Number:#9 by Mommaof3
» 20 Oct 2017, 11:00

Christmas is by far my favorite Holiday!! And of course its my kids too lol. They love watching Christmas movies and reading Christmas books even when its not even close to Christmas. Something about it gives me a warm, cozy feeling inside. After reading your review I can definitely say that I can't wait to read this book and add it to our Christmas book collection and I know it will soon be a favorite in our home! Thanks for your review!
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Post Number:#10 by BabyJenePolvoriza
» 22 Oct 2017, 12:06

I love Christmass books collection too because i really in love with the christmass holiday with family.I know my son will also love to read the books.
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Re: Official Review: Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi La

Post Number:#11 by like009
» 25 Oct 2017, 01:28

i love his books most expectially this present one
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Post Number:#12 by Quinto
» 26 Oct 2017, 23:28

The book just brings fond memories of love and family. It's the little things that count. Thanks for a wonderful review MsTri.
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Post Number:#13 by Mindi
» 27 Oct 2017, 11:04

I love all the classic Christmas stories, too. This sounds like a fun story.
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Post Number:#14 by VanessaAisel
» 28 Oct 2017, 13:13

As a mother of 3, there is nothing better than spending a cold night snuggled on the couch with my kids reading a new book! Excited to have a look at this twist on an old classic. Thanks for the great review!
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Post Number:#15 by Ashley Simon
» 02 Nov 2017, 08:07

Love watercolor illustrations. Sounds like a cute story!
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