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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Valentine's Day with Snowman Paul is a children’s fantasy picture book written by Yossi Lapid and illustrated by Joanna Pasek. Dan loved his friend Snowman Paul and was pleased to see Paul’s interest in Valentine’s Day. As they walked through the streets downtown, every store seemed to be filled with Valentine’s Day gifts, cards, and decorations. Seeing Dan and his family laden with gifts for the upcoming holiday, Paul asked Dan to help him understand what Valentine’s Day was all about. Paul had been reading up about it, and, as far as he could see, Valentine’s Day was about hearts -- and love. Dan could detect a wistful note in Paul’s voice as he wondered aloud how Valentine’s Day could have anything to do with a snowman like him. Dan thought about it and decided how to respond. He proposed that they both share the moment when each of them felt love for the other. That seemed the best place to start figuring out the answer to Snowman Paul’s question.
Yossi Lapid’s Valentine's Day with Snowman Paul is the latest offering in a marvelous series about a small boy and his best friend -- who just happens to be a snowman. I’m always thrilled to see a new addition to the story of Snowman Paul, as it’s one of my favorite children’s picture book series. While Valentine’s Day is seen primarily as a day for romance from an adult perspective, the holiday holds a different focus for young children and indeed for Snowman Paul. Lapid’s characters explore the role of love and the importance of it in people’s lives. That love is seen as the focal point for Valentine’s Day. I enjoyed seeing how Dan comes up with such an empathetic way to share his feelings about Paul and to tie them into Paul’s questions about his identity in terms of Valentine’s Day. It’s a marvelous way to get children involved in the holiday and help them appreciate the acts of love that have special significance for them. Joanna Pasek’s watercolors are stunning and evoke so vividly the late wintertime setting for the holiday. You can feel the frosty cold air and reach out and touch the snow that still lies thickly on the ground wherever you look. Valentine's Day with Snowman Paul is most highly recommended.