The Snowman



The Snowman Illustrated In Full Color, This Is A Wordless Story The Pictures Have The Hazy Softness Of Air In Snow A Little Boy Rushes Out Into The Wintry Day To Build A Snowman, Which Comes Alive In His Dreams That Night The Boy Invites Him Home And In Return Is Taken On A Flight High Above The Countryside

10 thoughts on “The Snowman

  1. says:

    One winter s night, a snowman comes to life and a magical adventure begins.A feel good Christmas story It has been on my shelves for almost a year, waiting for Xmas time A bit early, but I decided I could use this sidestep from busy work and studies Drawings are cute and beautiful Narrated entirely through pictures, its dreamlike illustrations perfectly capture the wonder and innocence of childhood I liked it, took my thoughts away from brand management and customer marketing One winter s night, a snowman comes to life and a magical adventure begins.A feel good Christmas story It has been on my shelves for almost a year, waiting for Xmas time A bit early, but I decided I could use this sidestep from busy work and studies Drawings are cute and beautiful Narrated entirely through pictures, its dreamlike illustrations perfectly capture the wonder and innocence of childhood I liked it, took my thoughts away from brand management and customer marketing Looking forward to Christmas, only a few weeks to go Cute picture book

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    A wordless masterpiece, which I experienced first through the silent film, with this original introduction If you are the least down today, see this now I have the book right here, too It s there story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes alive and takes him soaring through the countryside night air I must have read and seen this first in 1999, when Sammy was born This is one of the virtues of getting older and rereading favorite picture books, A wordless masterpiece, which I experienced first through the silent film, with this original introduction If you are the least down today, see this now I have the book right here, too It s there story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes alive and takes him soaring through the countryside night air I must have read and seen this first in 1999, when Sammy was born This is one of the virtues of getting older and rereading favorite picture books, reliving those memories.The musical score is gorgeous.We have an early snow here in Chicago, piles of the stuff, snow on snow on snow, as they say, that I glance at as I read the book as the film rolls and the music play Time for hot chocolate There s a David Bowie introduced version, too, very sweet

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    To see this week s wordless picture books please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a wonderful wordless book for children The story starts with a young boy who sees the snow outside and rushes out of his home to build a snowman As the boy sleeps, the snowman comes alive and is welcomed into the boy s home to discover what it s like inside In return, the snowman will show him his home as well A dream to be remembered forever.This book is packed full of sketched To see this week s wordless picture books please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a wonderful wordless book for children The story starts with a young boy who sees the snow outside and rushes out of his home to build a snowman As the boy sleeps, the snowman comes alive and is welcomed into the boy s home to discover what it s like inside In return, the snowman will show him his home as well A dream to be remembered forever.This book is packed full of sketched illustrations in color This is a beautiful Christmas book that can be read by all ages and any time of the year.5

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    Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On This is not a review How can one review a book like The Snowman, a story without words It has to be experienced, that s all, experienced through the eyes of a child What follows is my own experience, my appreciation of a story that gave me so much pleasure over so many yearsThere are stories and experiences from childhood that we all recall with some fondness Even if we do not bring them to mind they are in our hearts, a warm glow that never dies It is t Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On This is not a review How can one review a book like The Snowman, a story without words It has to be experienced, that s all, experienced through the eyes of a child What follows is my own experience, my appreciation of a story that gave me so much pleasure over so many yearsThere are stories and experiences from childhood that we all recall with some fondness Even if we do not bring them to mind they are in our hearts, a warm glow that never dies It is the things we learn and love in innocence that have the greatest resonance I was reminded recently of Heidi, a book for children and those who love children by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri I was particularly fond of the story of Heidi and her grandfather because I had a very close relationship with my own grandfather, my father s father, with whom I used to stay when my parents were away on lengthy business trips It was my grandfather who introduced me to the Snowman I don t remember when exactly I must have been, oh, about four years old It was before I went to school anyway It was near Christmas, that much I do remember The Snowman in question is a story book, pictures without words by Raymond Briggs, another book for children and those who love children Like Heidi it tells of a bond, this time between a little boy and the snowman he builds one wintry afternoon in his garden By magic it comes to life by magic the boy and the snowman fly It was made into an animated film by Channel 4, one of our terrestrial television companies, with a sublime score by Howard Blake When I was growing up it was broadcast every Christmas perhaps it still is With us watching it became an annual event The holiday simply would not have been the same without it, as if there was no Christmas tree, no lights and no watch night service in church By far the best bit is the flying sequence In the animation it is accompanied by Walking in the Air, a song that still makes me teary with nostalgia We re walking in the airWe re floating in the moonlit skyThe people far below are sleeping as we flyI m holding very tightI m riding in the midnight blueI m finding I can fly so high above with youFar across the worldThe villages go by like dreamsThe rivers and the hills, the forests and the streamsChildren gaze open mouthedTaken by surpriseNobody down below believes their eyesWe re surfing in the airWe re swimming in the frozen skyWe re drifting over icy mountains floating bySuddenly swooping lowOn an ocean deepRousing up a mighty monster from his sleepAnd walking in the airWe re dancing in the midnight skyAnd everyone who sees us greets us as we flyWe re walking in the airWe re walking in the air. There was one Christmas I was now about six I think we spent in our family cottage in the north of Scotland, a really remote spot in Easter Ross It snowed, heavily I built my own snowman in the garden with a little help from father It was as big as me, that I remember clearly, with an old hat on his head and a scarf around his neck I waited and waited for him to come to life I so wanted to fly like the boy, to go to the North Pole and dance with Father Christmas and all of the other snowmen I didn t and I did My snowman remained frozen in the garden, mute and unmoved But he came alive in my dreams that night And who knows maybe dreams are just a gate to another reality, a world where everything is possible and nothing denied It was for me The Snowman was the gateway

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    A wordless beginner book that tells a magical story of a boy and his snowman My Nephew loves this story and it might be why he still loves snowmen so much The pair of the boy and snowman share a magical evening together exploring the world and flying through the night It must have been a really warm day because that snowman melted away really really fast It is told in panels like a comic so I think this story was ahead of its time I can t believe I ve never read this before My Nephew gave A wordless beginner book that tells a magical story of a boy and his snowman My Nephew loves this story and it might be why he still loves snowmen so much The pair of the boy and snowman share a magical evening together exploring the world and flying through the night It must have been a really warm day because that snowman melted away really really fast It is told in panels like a comic so I think this story was ahead of its time I can t believe I ve never read this before My Nephew gave this 5 stars and my Niece gave it 3 stars It s a lovely gentle book

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    This was a beautiful, gentle story that translated into a magnificent cartoon with music but without words that airs on tv every Christmas in the UK This book was a real sea change for Briggs whose previous cartoon books include a doleful biography of his parents to their death, nuclear war and creatures that love boogers muchdark humour than this magical tale of the snowman.

  7. says:

    Truly beautiful wordless picture book.the story is about a little boy who builds a snowman which comes to live during the night.they spend a night together playing and having fun, then the snowman takes the boy on a magical journey to see the worldI really enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it to everyone Truly beautiful wordless picture book.the story is about a little boy who builds a snowman which comes to live during the night.they spend a night together playing and having fun, then the snowman takes the boy on a magical journey to see the worldI really enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it to everyone

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    Yes I know andthan well do realise that Raymond Briggs The Snowman is considered by most to be a modern children s classic and probably one of the first really universally popular wordless picture books But while I do in fact find The Snowman somewhat and mildly amusing, both Briggs picture sequences and the resulting storyline have also never in any way managed to wow, to truly and lastingly enchant me For to my eyes, since according to my aesthetics, the illustrations of The Snowma Yes I know andthan well do realise that Raymond Briggs The Snowman is considered by most to be a modern children s classic and probably one of the first really universally popular wordless picture books But while I do in fact find The Snowman somewhat and mildly amusing, both Briggs picture sequences and the resulting storyline have also never in any way managed to wow, to truly and lastingly enchant me For to my eyes, since according to my aesthetics, the illustrations of The Snowman, they actually seem mostly rather vague and washed out in appearance and as such lacking in both expression and boldness of style and the story sequence itself, while definitely fun and imaginative, has equally always seemed just a bit too outrageous and unbelievable, at least for my personal tastes And in fact, to and for me, Raymond Briggs eponymous snowman does not really even appear to be a snowman at all any once he enters into the little boy s house or later, when he and the boy take to the air as I have always thought himakin to a man clad in a snowman suit than a bona fide magical snow entity And while I personally have never been all that much bothered regarding the ending of The Snowman, I can certainly see how a very sensitive child might indeed be negatively affected and much saddened by the snowman in effect dying, by him just melting away and the little boy being heartbroken therefore parents, caregivers etc should, need to be vigilant and prepared to discuss this if the snowman s demise appears to actually bother readers or listeners But that all being said, The Snowman is still a clever and generally enchanting enough tale, and one that could perhaps also be a fun and usuable tool for individual storytelling, discussions and the like for example, in a first, second or third grade language arts classroom, teachers might consider using the illustrations for writing assignments, even for oral presentations But on a personal level, The Snowman ranks but two stars for me, and once again makes me realise that Rayond Briggs is simply and usually just not my proverbial cup of tea

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    I always really liked this book so I should have voted 4 stars , but this past winter my 13 year old son Alma Down Syndrome, autism fell in love with it He reads it daily, and wants me to read it with him sometimes He loves that we can pull out the video or turn the soundtrack on on Spotify When I watch him, he adores the pages drawn comic style, with 16 boxes of sequential art per page But then the next day he ll be poring over one of the wide spreads with just one drawing So now I love I always really liked this book so I should have voted 4 stars , but this past winter my 13 year old son Alma Down Syndrome, autism fell in love with it He reads it daily, and wants me to read it with him sometimes He loves that we can pull out the video or turn the soundtrack on on Spotify When I watch him, he adores the pages drawn comic style, with 16 boxes of sequential art per page But then the next day he ll be poring over one of the wide spreads with just one drawing So now I love this book Yes, I wish Alma could talk, but a wordless picture book is such a good match that I m grateful for a genre that speaks to my boy

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    I could never forget the form or face of this snowman from when I was little I remember building one so similar when it actually snowed something like several feet and my sister and I were staying with Nana and Papa Ours was shaped similarly but she waslike a female companion This was one of the only snowmen then and now that don t tick me off.I saw him on someone s feed and got a warm feeling and said, Oh, I remember you..

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