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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite
Snowman Paul and Kate’s Olympic Dream, written by Yossi Lapid and illustrated by Joanna Pasek, is part of a series. In this new volume we follow the adventures and the teachings of Snowman Paul who is, as ever, the perfect guide and teacher in this sometimes difficult world. He coaches, helps and supports Kate in every way with the help of her brother, Dan, and this is the story of a friendship, of a team effort rather than just the story of Kate’s dream. Moreover, the text is magnificent, rhymes, and reflects the story as the superb illustrations also do. It is both fun and informative, both luminous and poetic.
Snowman Paul and Kate’s Olympic Dream is a lovely children’s book. It is perfect to teach perseverance, resilience, and teamwork as well as showing what friendship, sharing, and helping each other are all about. The illustrations convey the same messages of benevolence, happiness and resilience, for instance: “Oh yes!" said Paul, "A tip or two, / Will make a winner out of you!...” or “We worked together as a team, / To make true Kate’s Olympic dream.” It is a great bedtime story which is enchanting for young readers and their parents alike. The message is positive and will help them grow as happy human beings. It is a real delight to help young children’s imaginations roam free, which is the most important goal for a children’s story. That is why I warmly and enthusiastically recommend this volume as a literature teacher (I love the poetic aspects of this book) and as a mother.