Through the North Pole Snow

Through the North Pole Snow
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November 08, 2022
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What happens when a little white fox meets a certain jolly old soul? A sweet, enchantingly illustrated take on how Santa spends the year leading up to Christmas.

When a hunting fox pounces through the snow and finds itself inside a warm home, it's welcomed and given dinner by a kind bearded man with a big round belly. Soon yawning, the man leaves the fox to explore through piles of strewn wrapping paper and rows of empty shelves. As the man sleeps, the fox curls up, too, until sun and flowers return, luring them both outside. But soon the man gets back to work—drawing and measuring, painting and hammering, sewing and stuffing, until all the empty shelves are filled from top to bottom. Paired with Richard Jones’s charmingly detailed illustrations, Polly Faber’s gentle story offers a fresh look at how Santa prepares for the most magical night of the year.

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soft and sweet picture book
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THROUGH THE NORTH POLE SNOW is a sweet story about Santa and friendship. A little fox is digging through the snow at the North Pole when it finds a place to call home with an old man. The man is worn out and full from cookies but offers it a meal and a place to stay. The little fox stays and sees how the man spends his year making toys before the letters arrive and he labels them. The story ends with a sleigh and reindeer arriving and the little fox traveling with him before they both return home together.

What I loved: This is a sweet picture book about friendship and understanding. The little fox and Santa form a relationship by spending time together with companionship throughout the year. This ends up being a quieter and softer story about Christmas and Santa than typical, and it is quite soothing to read. The illustrations are also lovely and lush, bringing the characters to life alongside the gentle story.

Though the plot is subtle, particularly at first, children can appreciate this gentle story about Santa and the work that he puts in to create these toys and get them to children. Told from the perspective of the fox, this is an intriguing new twist.

Final verdict: THROUGH THE NORTH POLE SNOW is a sweet and softly told picture book about friendship and Santa that will capture young imaginations.
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