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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Newly built, the Snowman was all ready to explore his surroundings. When he opened his eyes, he saw a lost and forlorn Swallow wiping away his tears. The Snowman asked the Swallow if he could help and the Swallow said he was lost and was freezing in the cold. The Swallow asked the Snowman if he could stay with him and the Snowman agreed. The Swallow was grateful and told the Snowman that he would never leave him because of the favor he did. He told the Snowman that he gave him refuge and care, and they stood together, basking in their kinship. Every day the Snowman wrapped the Swallow in his woolen scarf and kept him warm. Then came the day when it was time for the Snowman to melt and though the Swallow tried his best, he could not stop the Snowman from melting.
The Snowman and the Swallow: A Tale of Friendship by Lucy Griffiths is a heartfelt story of friendship and it is wonderful to see how their unusual bond develops. Tammy Brown breathes life into the characters and the story with her magical illustrations. They also capture the essence of the winter season beautifully. This book is good for tutors and parents to help children understand true friendship despite being different from each other. It also captures the essence of true friendship and youngsters will hope the Snowman and the Swallow meet again. Stories like this always leave an impression in the minds of young readers and will make them look out for a swallow gently pecking at the blanket of snow outside and flitting about on the lawn, searching for his friend.