The Self-Made Snowman - Thao Lam
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The Self-Made Snowman

The Self-Made Snowman

The Self-Made Snowman

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There is an elementary school nearby and the playground is filled with snowballs, sitting by idly, just waiting for someone to do something with them. It’s kind of eerie when you walk by at night, because they look like disembodied snowmen. Keep reading…

When I saw those snowballs, I was reminded of The Self-Made Snowman, written and illustrated by Fernando Krahn. It’s an adventure in pictures, and as you pore through the pages, you will watch in wonder and amazement as a snowball rolls down the mountain, gathering momentum and taking shape to become a gigantic snowman. The storyline picks up pace with a sense of urgency and tension, as the snowball gathers speed and snow down the side of the mountain. The conclusion comes at the base of the mountain when the snowman rolls into town and becomes part of a holiday celebration.

First printed in 1974, the black and white illustrations have a retro feel. It’s like watching an animated short film done using ink wash. The storyline is simple and linear (there is only one way to go – downhill), but it’s a really clever idea.

The Self-Made Snowman, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

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Author and Illustrator Fernando Krahn

Facing persecution after the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, Fernando Krahn was forced to flee his native country. Krahn settled in Spain, where he continued to provide editorial commentary on corruption in the military and government for magazines and newspapers by means of his illustrations. Krahn passed away in Barcelona on February 18, 2010.

Publisher Harpercollins (Oct 1974)

ISBN-10 0397314728

ISBN-13 978-0397314720