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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Snowy Nessa by Joan Dee Wilson is a heartwarming children's picture book about a young snowy owl named Nessa who embarks on an adventurous journey to find the legendary figure, Father North. Nessa is determined to seek answers to her questions about the world and the mysteries of the North Pole. Her journey is filled with experiences, including learning to fly and encountering various creatures in the Arctic. Eventually, she is rescued by Father North, who cares for her and helps her on her quest. Together, they observe and protect the wildlife in the Arctic and beyond. Wilson is also the book's illustrator, using full-spread artwork in a vibrant palette to breathe life into Nessa and the breathtaking scenes of the Arctic.
Snowy Nessa by Joan Dee Wilson is a delightful tale written entirely in rhyme that emphasizes courage, curiosity, and the importance of discovering the truth, making it an engaging and educational read for young readers. My daughters absolutely loved it, especially the illustrations, which left their fingers lingering on the page for a few moments longer than they might on another picture book. The descriptive elements are exceptional. I loved the line, “In the darkness of day,” which is both succinct and quite beautiful. I am certain that when we next visit Northern Sweden, the girls will remember that "When Snowy owls return to nest, one just might shed a soft white feather. If you find it, keep it! And remember, watch for Snowies in the sky. They’re very quiet passing by." Overall, this is a lovely story, encouraging readers to cherish nature's wonders and to pay attention to the world around them. It conveys a powerful message about destiny, appreciating the beauty of the natural world, and the importance of observation and conservation. Very highly recommended.