Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Chris Britt
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Drift is a snowman that was made quickly after the first snow fall, but was soon forgotten. The children who made him didn’t give him a scarf, hat, or mittens and even forgot to give him a carrot nose. All the other snowmen tease him because he isn’t as beautiful as they are. One day, some children discover Drift and give of their own winter wear to make Drift feel confident. They even give him a carrot nose. He feels like the most perfect of snowmen. But when a bunny is caught in a blizzard, Drift finds out that being the perfect snowman is sharing what you have with others.
There are so many touching messages in this book. Beauty is not skin deep is one of them. Drift feels so self-conscious because he doesn’t look as beautiful as the other snowmen. However, as soon as he helps someone in need he feels good inside and doesn’t care so much about how he looks. This story teaches that giving touches our hearts and changes us for the better and improves the lives of others as well. Bullying is also an underlying theme. The children show a wonderful example on how to help others when they are being bullied. This is such a wonderful book to get into the spirit of Christmas.