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Song for the Snow

A picture book by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler.

Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

Can a long-forgotten song bring the snow back to Freya's town? A lyrical fable from award-winning creators Jon-Erik Lappano and Byron Eggenschwiler.

Freya has always loved the snow and the way it covers everything like powdered sugar. But the snow hasn't come to her town for two winters, and she's starting to forget what it looks and feels like. When will it be cold? When will it snow again?

One day Freya finds a snow globe at the market. It plays the melody of a song that the townspeople sang for generations to call the snow home. Freya's own grandmother used to sing it to her mother on cold winter nights. Every morning, Freya takes the snow globe outside and sings the song, but still there is no snow…until she has the idea to share the song. Soon everyone in town is singing it, and then, early one morning, the winds change.

Jon-Erik Lappano and Byron Eggenschwiler have created an eloquent fable about remembering past traditions, our connection to nature and caring for a world threatened by climate change through shared effort and hope. (From Groundwood Books)

Jon-Erik Lappano is a children's book author from Ontario. His picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration.

Byron Eggenschwiler is an illustrator who has contributed to publications like the New York Times, New Yorker and GQ. He also illustrated the books Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Coyote Tales by Thomas King.

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