Written by: Mark Kimball Moulton
Illustrated by: Karen Hillard Crouch
Publisher: Ideals Publication
Published Date: October 28, 2008
Ages: 4 - 8 years
Synopsis: A child builds a snowman named Bob, and soon Bob comes to life just long enough to impart a few thoughts about the importance of building and holding friendships dear. Illustrated with warmth and whimsy by acclaimed artist Karen Hillard Crouch, A Snowman Named Just Bob is a classic story the whole family can share.
A child builds a snowman named Bob, and soon Bob comes to life just long enough to impart a few thoughts about the importance of building and holding friendships dear
I have to admit that we own four of Mark's books and they're treasured for both the story and Karen's whimsical and sweet illustrations. This story starts on Thanksgiving night when an unexpected snowstorm hits the neighborhood. The magical prose coupled with gorgeous illustrations takes us through a story about a boy and a message from Sir Moon:
"Friendship is a simple thing,The clue is just to start,As long as it is built on trust,And love from in your heart.
A snowman is built with the help of the boy's family and the boy decides to name him "just 'Bob'". When the snowman talks at the end of the story, no one is more shocked than the boy. But for the reader it is a gentle reminder that seasons do change and perhaps all we need is a sign (as a reminder of cooler days and snowy fun) that "just 'Bob was here'".
While this book is currently out-of-print, it can be found used using the links above. I think your family will enjoy it as much as mine does especially if, by now, you're tired of still watching that "Frosty the Snowman" DVD. For the record, my oldest watched that obsessively well into March one year, which is about the time I purchased this book.