The Magic Snowflake

Children - Grade K-3rd
27 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2017
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

The Magic Snowflake is a children’s adventure story, written and illustrated by Rosie Moore. When ice skating lessons take place, young Holly always falls down, even though she tries hard to be just like the other girls in the class who are good at their skating lessons. When the other girls laugh at Holly for being such a klutz, she runs away. A snowflake sees distraught Holly and decides to follow her, before introducing herself and teaching Holly how to believe in herself and do her very best, rather than trying to be like everybody else. This leads to a remarkable event which Holly will cherish forever.

Rosie Moore’s tale of a remarkable young girl who was determined to be like the other girls in the class, yet crumbles emotionally when she is teased, teaches children how they should never aspire to be like everybody else if they want to shine. So beautifully written, with eye-catching illustrations throughout, The Magic Snowflake captures the essence of what it takes to succeed. Not only does it teach us that our abilities are what make us unique, but also that in order to stand out, you need to be yourself and strive for greatness. Our own personal accomplishments are what make us shine brightly and make us special and unique.

Holly’s determination shifts from being as good as everybody else to being the very best she can be. The lesson which she learns is valuable, and takes her to stardom within her own right, showcasing how anybody can shine when they stop trying to be as good as everybody else, and simply strive for being the best by doing their best. I very much enjoyed The Magic Snowflake and wholeheartedly recommend it to be read to (or read by) children aged 4-8, so that they know how to strive and to succeed, both in their own eyes as well as within their own hearts.

Mamta Madhavan

The Magic Snowflake by Rosie Moore is a magical story that revolves around a little girl, Holly, who thinks nobody loves her because everyone laughs at her when she falls down while learning to ice skate. Instead of going to her next ice skating lesson, Holly runs away into the woods, thinking she will find a friend who will not laugh at her. She is not aware of the fact that she is being watched by Suzie Snowflake, who comes near her when Holly falls asleep. Suzie Snowflake decides to help Holly and builds her a cottage in which to live. Will Suzie Snowflake succeed in teaching Holly to ice skate? What is the lesson Suzie Snowflake taught Holly that makes her win the skating contest and fit in with her other friends?

The story has a good message for readers: "Never try to be better than anyone else. Just be yourself, and you’ll triumph.” It is an excellent message for kids who try to compete with others instead of trying to better themselves. The illustrations are whimsical and will captivate readers with color and movements. Both Suzie Snowflake and Holly have been portrayed well and children will find them charming and delightful. The story can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it helps to give them confidence, especially while going for a competition. It makes a good bedtime storybook too. All books with good messages and concepts should be given to children to read to help them develop their thinking, understanding, behavior, and character when explained through stories and illustrations.