About the Book
Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic—the toys from the beloved chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home—are back in a glorious full-color picture book, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky have created a book destined to become a classic.
Children who have loved listening to the Toys trilogy, as well as those meeting the toys for the very first time, will be thrilled to see Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic venture outdoors to play in the snow. Together the toys build a snowman, make snow angels, and, when day is done, head back inside their cozy house and wait for the return of the Little Girl.
My Take on the Book
TOYS MEET SNOW is the newest book in a series of stories incorporating the same characters. There is Lumpy the stuffed buffalo, Sting Ray the stuffed sting ray, and Plastic the rubber ball. The animals come to life when the family goes on a vacation. They have never experienced snow and are curious like small children.
I really enjoyed reading this story. The assumptions, questions, and answers were , to me, similar to a young child's.
The author uses such beautiful descriptive language to describe the snow. Here is one example: Lumpy asks "what is a snowflake?" Sting ray answers " a snowflake is a tiny ballerina. If you look closely, you can see it dancing". There are many more phrases relating to the snow and how snow changes the way the outside looks.
I believe this book would make a perfect gift for a young child. You could share it on the first snowfall of the season. So take your young child for a walk in the snow, make your own snow angels. look at the trees that may resemble a peppermint candy tree, and catch some twirling snowflakes to observe.
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