Summertime with Snowman Paul

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/18/2022
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Author Biography

Writing for children makes Yossi Lapid happy. He writes in rhyme because rhyming is fun, and rhymes help little kids become excellent readers. The enchanting winters in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains were the inspiration for his award-winning Snowman Paul series. He writes about the Amazon Rainforest because, nowadays, we must start teaching our children about environmental issues at a young age. And he writes about Sasha (his pet) because, well, Sasha is truly adorable! Above all, he writes stories that can be enjoyed by children and grownups alike because of the unrivaled magic of spending time reading to our kids.
Lapid has three adult children, and he lives with his wife Susan in New Mexico.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

It is not easy being a snowman in summer. Summer is a season enjoyed by all children, but for Snowman Paul, it is the most difficult time of the year. If our hero is comfortable in spring, autumn, and winter, summer is a problem for him. When Snowman Paul goes swimming in the pool, people think he is crazy; he cannot stand sunbathing on the beach, and even at the zoo, a monkey laughs at him. What can he do? Luckily his friend Dan has the perfect solution for him. What is it? Find it out by reading Yossi Lapid's Summertime with Snowman Paul.

Summertime with Snowman Paul is a colorful and hilarious book that will make any child who reads it smile. Snowman Paul is a character with whom it is easy to sympathize. He is nice and funny, so you really want to discover how his adventure will turn out. I loved how Lapid told his story because he proved that there is a solution to even a seemingly insurmountable difficulty like making a snowman comfortable in the summer. There is also a powerful message in this book, and I believe it is worth highlighting it for its educational value. Snowman Paul's adventure can help children who struggle to fit in understand that sometimes a little ingenuity is enough to resolve their problems. I highly recommend you read Summertime with Snowman Paul and hope you enjoy both the great story written by Yossi Lapid and the beautiful images by Joanna Pasek.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid is (as usual) beautifully illustrated by Joanna Pasek. The diverse situations Snowman Paul finds himself in allow young readers to empathize with him and want to help him. Of course, he is still the adorable snowman we love so much. Even though life is complicated for him in the summertime, he is calm and kind, while wondering how to be with Dan even in summer. They both want to have fun all year round. Dan, who is a lovely boy (his best friend), has a great idea to keep his favorite snowman happy and comfortable despite the heat.

Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid is a lovely rhyming children’s book. Its illustrations perfectly complement the text. They are lively, fun, and moving. I have read some of the Snowman Paul series books, such as Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics for instance, and this new opus is as fabulously positive and entertaining as the first picture books. The stories continue to help children deal with a variety of issues. In this case, Snowman Paul feels he does not fit in because it is summer. We can all understand why. And this is something many children also feel when they move away, change schools, find new friends, go on holidays, and so on. Reading this story with kids is a great and fun way to make them understand that everything is fine, that they should be patient, and learn to get to know their new surroundings, circumstances, and discover new friends. Everything is possible as long as you do not give up or give in to shame, despair, or fear. Another must-read!

Pikasho Deka

Summertime with Snowman Paul is a short and sweet picture book for kids by Yossi Lapid. Complemented by some eye-catching illustrations by Joanna Pasek, the book follows Paul, a happy-go-lucky Snowman who is adored by everyone he meets. Due to his free-spirited nature and ability to fit in with any crowd, Paul lives a happy and flourishing life. But for his one big nemesis, Summer. Paul refuses to be part of Summer. During Summer, he feels awkward swimming in the pool, or else he starts to melt while sunbathing. Paul feels like he just doesn't fit in at all during Summer. But everything changes the day he meets a little boy. He finds the perfect job for Paul, turning his abilities into something people enjoy during Summer.

Summertime with Snowman Paul is a fun-filled picture book bound to entertain kids. Author Yossi Lapid tells a delightful tale about a jolly Snowman who finds a way to help people quench their need for something cold during Summer with his newfound friend. It showcases how people can discover a sense of belonging even in situations where they may not usually feel themselves. Snowman Paul is an adorable character you can't help but root for. Joanna Pasek's colorful illustrations make the story all the more engaging and a whole lot more fun to read. Summertime with Snowman Paul is a wonderful book meant to teach children the values of friendship and perseverance. Kids will have a blast reading the book.

Sarah Stuart

Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid tackles a real dilemma if a child’s vivid imagination is taken into account. After all, how can a snowman enjoy hot weather? He’d melt! The true message is much more subtle. “Fitting in” is important to children and increasingly so when they start attending a playgroup or school. If a snowman can do it, so can they. Narrated by a little boy called Dan, Snowman Paul, complete with the traditional carrot for a nose, comes alive. He can cope with autumn (fall), and spring, and winter is his favorite time of all, but how can he handle summer? He is too hot, even with his head shielded by an open newspaper that has headlines forecasting hotter weather to come.

Yossi Lapid has created a winner in Summertime with Snowman Paul. He has very cleverly created a picture book that tells the story in rhyme, which has worldwide appeal to children. Everywhere English is spoken, or taught as a second language, parents, carers, playgroup leaders and kindergarten teachers will welcome it. It is the perfect length – not so short it’s over almost before story time begins and not too long for most youngsters' attention span. The language used is suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 3. Younger children would happily look at the colorful, well-drawn, detailed illustrations while the story is read to them. I recommend Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid without reservation; it is a wonderful book to be treasured long after the days of picture books are over.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Paul and Dan are great friends. They have lots of fun together, especially in the fall, winter and spring. But the summer is just too hot for Paul. You see, Paul is a snowman, a very jolly, happy-go-lucky fellow, but a snowman nonetheless. What do you think would happen to Paul in the hot days of summer? You’re right, he does sweat a lot. He tries swimming at the local community pool, “but people thought I was a fool!” He tries lounging at the beach, but sunbathing just isn’t his thing. He tries the zoo, but he’s laughed at by an ape. He shares his problem with Dan and they come up with a great idea, one that will keep Paul cool and comfortable during the hottest days of summer.

Yossi Lapid’s picture book story, Summertime with Snowman Paul, is another fun story in the Snowman Paul series. Told in rhyming verse with simple language, the plot develops around Paul’s growing dilemma as the days get hotter during one of the hottest summers ever. The colorful and cheerful illustrations certainly help move the story along. The building of friendship and the collaboration of ideas between friends make this both an educational and engaging read. Young readers will be chuckling along at some of Paul’s antics, but the funniest part of the story is Dan’s solution to Paul’s problem. An underlying theme is one of fitting in: Paul just wants to fit in and be a part of the crowd, but his special needs (and, you have to admit, being a snowman during the hottest days of summer, Paul does have some special needs), make him the butt of jokes and lots of teasing. It’s just no fun being a snowman in the middle of the summer. An entertaining and inclusive story.