Samson in the Snow

Samson in the Snow book cover

Samson in the Snow is a wonderful story of friendship and caring about each other.

Picture book, fiction
Interest level: Pre-K through 3rd grade; reading level: 3.0
5 out of 5 stars

Samson is a caring woolly mammoth who loves the color yellow and enjoys caring for his dandelion patch. One day he is visited by a small red bird who asks for some of his dandelions to take to a friend who is not having a good day. Samson obliges, and after the red bird has gone, ponders what it would be like to have a friend.

What is so wonderful about the story though, is that Samson already knows how to be a good friend. When a strong storm blankets the area in snow, Samson worries about the red bird, knowing that he is not equipped to survive this type of weather, like Samson is.

Samson stared hard into the blinding snow. “It is better to walk than to worry,” he decided. And so he did.

And so Samson goes searching for the bird. True friends do not sit idly by, but do what they can.

Philip Stead’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this sweet story. The characters are cute and engaging, and Stead’s style perfectly illustrates the blizzard. Children will fall in love with this group of unlikely friends who all share the love of yellow.

Samson in the Snow
by Philip C. Stead
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-62672-182-1

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