Samson in the Snow
by Philip C. Stead
A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press
September 27, 2016
One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders this for so long, in fact, that he falls asleep and wakes up to a world covered in snow. In the midst of a blizzard, Samson finds and shelters the little red bird and flower-loving mouse in a tender tale of kindness and unexpected friendship.
“Lush mixed-media illustrations fill nearly every page with richly textured landscapes in mood-reflecting blues, grays, and yellows. Bite-sized bits of wisdom . . . , acts of noble unselfishness, and thoughtful pacing boost this missing-friend story into a comforting tale packed with symbolism and beauty.” —Horn Book
“A full-circle story with plenty of heart, the tale is memorable for its themes of friendship, longing and kindness. The drawings, created from oil pastels, charcoal, and cardboard printing, evoke both the cold of winter and warmth of belonging.”–The Washington Post