By: Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by: Will Hillenbrand
Release Date: October 1, 2004
Ages: 3-5 years
Synopsis: In a family of big people, little Nell thinks she's too small to do anything. But with the help of her friends Reindeer, Hare, and Bear Cub, she builds a great BIG snowman, the best snowman that ever was.
My family loves this story, mostly because we can all relate to little Nell. It's hard being too small and when you ask to help always being reminded that you're too small.
To escape being too little, Little Nell walks into the woods to "watch the snow fall from the sky" and there she finds a few true friends -- Reindeer, Bear Cub and Hare. She tells them that her "...family won't let me do anything. I could never make a snowman." The friends set up proving her family wrong.
They work together rolling, kicking and nudging three snowballs until their snowman is complete. What's important here is a reminder that with the help of friends, you're truly never too little to do a big job. I loved how her family was proud of Little Nell's accomplishment.
I know the winter has been mild in many of the parts of the country, but if you're feeling any symptoms of cabin fever, be sure to pick up this book. It's a good reminder for you and your children that when you set your mind to a goal, you can accomplish it.