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The Snow Country Prince
February 7, 2012
Sometimes it’s all about the art. I can’t even state accurately what goes on in ‘The Snow Country Prince’ by Daisaku Ikeda and Brian Wildsmith, but I want to stare at the pictures all day long. I’d love to rip out the pages and frame them, but yes, I do remember that destroying a library book is wrong. This one is actually kinda sad, about two children whose father gets sick and has to go to the hospital, and then the mom also takes off to go see what’s up with the dad, and HEY! WHO IS WATCHING THE KIDS??? A swan apparently. But he’s not really a swan, because he’s really the Snow Country Prince, but then eventually he takes off too, and the kids are just super flipped out but then the parents come back.
HAPPY HAPPY FUN TIMES!
I was kind of surprised by the level of downer in this little book “First Papa…then Mama…and now our swan has gone away! Oh how lonely winter is!”
BUT. . . .
The art is sublime. And really, have y’all read ‘The Little Match Girl’? Or the ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’? Now THOSE are some downer stories, big time!
So. Don’t be sad. All is well in Snow Country Prince Land. And does he not have the COOLEST clothes ever? And he flies! This book kinda blew my mind.