Written by Jim Helmore
Illustrated by Richard Jones
Friends aren’t that easy to come by, especially when you’re shy and new in the neighborhood. Sometimes, it’s easier to hide inside your house, even if the walls are white and boring. But the white walls could be hiding a good new friend, like a white lion. Once you find that lion, it could probably play with you – climbing, racing, and playing hide-and-seek. At her mother’s and the lion’s urging, little Caro finally talks to a boy named Bobby. She finds out Bobby was not only fun, but he had other friends who could be hers. Mum invites the friends over, they paint the walls so that the lion disappears. But she finds she can still remember the lion and play with him occasionally.
Who can’t relate to being a bit reluctant to talk to someone you don’t know? Often, they’re not really so frightening after all. Often, they could end up being your best friend. And who won’t enjoy the beautiful illustrations that show how easily the lion can hide and how much he loves Caro?
This quiet story is best as a bedtime read aloud, when kids can hunt for the lion in the white walls and be satisfied that Caro will be okay.
- Title: Snow Lion
- Author: Jim Helmore
- Illustrator: Richard Jones
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, October 1, 2018
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: 1 to2
- Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
- ISBN: 978-1-68263-048-8