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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The Timid Snowflake by Aisha Riaz is an inspiring children’s picture book that follows the story of one small snowflake who is afraid of falling to the ground. As the other snowflakes chatter excitedly amongst themselves of the adventure that lies ahead and the exhilaration of falling from the cloud, the small snowflake’s apprehension grows. As the conversations continue, the small snowflake voices his fears. One big snowflake is surprised and quickly enquires why the small snowflake would prefer to remain in the cloud than join the others in their fall. What follows is an empowering conversation between the big and small snowflake in which the small snowflake learns gradually about the joy that comes with achieving the goal meant for every snowflake.
Aisha Riaz’s The Timid Snowflake instills courage in facing terrifying incidents through the use of a whimsical and delightful plot that children can relate to. The dialogue in the story is engaging as the small snowflake learns from the bigger flake how to change his perspective and look forward to fulfilling his role. The beautiful illustrations enhance the message as they make the moments in the book memorable. The expressions on the characters' faces conveyed through the illustrations also add to the emotional impact of the story. The adventure in the book is imaginative as the snowflake has different experiences along the way, starting with frightening ones and progressively moving to beautiful and joyful ones. The Timid Snowflake by Aisha Riaz offers a powerful lesson taught through a wonderful story.