This is a delightful winter tale perfect for reading during the holiday season. It is about a snowman who wants the stars to know he is there, looking up at them in awe. But they don't wave back or say hello, so he tries to get their attention. Eventually he tries covering himself in Christmas lights, which seems to do the trick. Soon after he sees a meteor shower, which he takes to be the stars 'waving' back.
This digital book is simply but solidly made with very little enhancement. It has no animation or interactivity but features great narration, music and beautiful illustrations that evoke a very chilly atmosphere. The story is told in rhyme and the text is in an easy to read font. The book also has intuitive settings and easy, 'swipe-style' page turning. This title makes for a great bedtime read and is lovely in a low-light environment.
Overall this is a sweet little digital book with lots of appeal for winter reading. It captures the cold, crisp nighttime environment beautifully and will have little ones snuggling deep into the covers as they listen or have it read to them.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Stephanie Fife/Michael Humphries
Lemon Jam Inc.
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Snowman Joe greets the moon as it rises one night. But he hears nothing in return ... where is everyone? He worries that the stars and moon cannot see him because he cannot move or make a sound. So he rolls down the hill until he finds other snowmen in town.
He tries putting on a baseball glove to seem more noticeable to the stars above. Then he and the other snowmen go caroling. But Joe has a terrible voice so he sells lemonade (popsicles) instead. Then he tries a hat and gloves in the hopes of standing out. But nothing works ...
Next he tries putting Christmas lights on himself to attract the stars attention. Birds help out, placing the lights all around him. Still the stars don't wave back to show they'd seen Snowman Joe ... until suddenly he sees a meteor shower and is satisfied that his friends in the heavens have said 'hello'.