After retiring from a career as commercial artist my three young adult children encouraged me to bring a dream of mine to life: combining years of storytelling with my art, through writing and illustrating Children's Picture Books.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Snowy Lodin is a children’s book, written and illustrated by Joan Dee Wilson. As the seasons grow colder in the north, the animals migrate south to find shelter and food in abundance. The last animals remaining – the caribou and the snowy owls – soon find themselves alone. As the owls start to head south, one decides to stay behind to investigate the location of Father North, whilst finding answers to questions he has had for so very long. Where do fish go when the waters freeze? Where does the sun go when it becomes dark? Snowy Lodin does some research of his own, inevitably learning the hard way that some puzzles are better left unsolved.
This wonderful children’s tale about truth and consequences is cautiously delightful. So little is known about many of the animals in the Arctic region, but their key to survival is in sticking together. When curiosity becomes overwhelming for one particular snowy owl, he breaks all of the rules, determined to get answers, which almost costs him his life. So many unknown, deadly predators prove to be a real threat, and with food sources and water nearly depleted, the owl almost perishes after deciding not to heed the warnings given by his species. Joan Dee Wilson has easily conveyed the reasons why each of the species moves to the warmth of the southern states, not only narrating an amazing story, but also educating the reader in the process. I thoroughly enjoyed Snowy Lodin, and recommend it to all younger readers, in order to expand their knowledge of certain Arctic breeds and behaviors.