The Biggest, Best Snowman (Bookshelf)

by Margery Cuyler

Paperback, 2004



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Scholastic Paperbacks (2004), 32 pages


Nell is told by her BIG sisters and her mother that she is too small to help out, but everyone, including Nell, feels differently after her forest friends give her the confidence to build a large snowman.

Media reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 -- A slight story with a few engaging winter scenes and a tiny girl who's happy to prove her worth. ... The mixed-media paintings, done with oils, watercolors, and pencil, are filled with droll whimsy. The use of repetitive phrases and a large, clear typeface make the text relatively easy
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for beginning readers to follow. While not an essential purchase, this title might find a place in collections needing one more wintry picture book.
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In this heartwarming tale with Cinderella overtones, Little Nell lives in a BIG house with boisterous BIG Mama and two blustery BIG sisters. ... When Bear Cub asks her to show the animals how to make a snowman, Nell's programmed response is, "No, I can't. I'm too small." But her animal friends give
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her the confidence she needs to try, and the result--a towering creature of titanic stature--amazes everyone.... Hillenbrand uses a wide variety of art materials to create charming, snow-filled winter scenes that make effective use of Nell's small stature to add visual punch. ...
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This funny winter’s tale from Cuyler features a girl who needs a boost of confidence to get past the teasing of her overwhelming, overbearing mother and sisters. ... Little Nell takes refuge in the woods that surround her house, where her forest pals--Bear, Hare, and Reindeer—provide the
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support that is absent on the home front. They combine forces to build a BIG snowman.... Hillenbrand’s comic exaggerations put both the characters and the landscape powerfully in place.
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[starred review] A little girl accomplishes big things in this winning picture book. "Big Mama, Big Sarah, and Big Lizzie" tell Little Nell she's too small to be of help.... When Reindeer, Hare and Bear Cub urge her to make a snowman, she thinks she's too small. But prodded by their encouraging
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words and offer of help, Little Nell constructs a splendiferous snowman.... Readers will relish the transformation of Little Nell's mother and siblings--who first appear as fairy-tale wicked stepmother and stepsister types with their wildly sprouting hair--into compassionate gentlefolk.... The artist makes the most of the snowy setting.... Frustrated youngsters will find a champion in Little Nell.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member crdutton
This is a great book about a Little tiny girl who lived with three bigger women. They always tell her that she is too small to help do anything. This really makes Little Nell feel bad about herself. She goes out into the snowy woods and tells her animal friends she just is too small to do anything,
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even too small to build a snowman. They all help her and roll and roll snow until a giant snowman has been created. Little Nell then shows off her work to the three bigger women she lives with and everyone is proud of her. Students love the pictures in this book, and the lesson of believing in yourself that you can do anything, no matter your size, is taught.
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LibraryThing member stevekep32
This story teaches the classic moral that little people can do big things if they have friends to help them and the bravery to try.
LibraryThing member bspelman
Nell has been called little her whole life and people assume that she is too little to do anything. Her friends Reindeer, Hare, and Bear Cub believe other wise and encourage her to build a snowman. Nell's friends' confidence in her makes up for her unsureness of herself. She ends up creating a
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wonderful snowman and proves a lot of people wrong.
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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2001)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2000)


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