I am cheating a little bit. Because this wonderfully whimsical book, Who Will Make the Snow, written by Taras Prokhasko, and written and illustrated by Mariana Prokhasko, and translated from the Ukrainian by Boris Dralyuk and Jennifer Croft, isn’t “technically” a picture book. It’s 80 pages long and stated that it’s for an upper grade level from pb’s. But no matter what— it is an absolutely lovely book with pictures. It’s really just a long picture book with a lot of words divided into very short chapters. 😬
And I adore it.
It’s so special. It has that classic, cuddly, beloved feeling of a Beatrix Potter tale. The Prokhasko team creates a woodland world with a family of moles as our main focus. We are lulled into the goings on of this family, the birth of new babies, the change of seasons. It’s so dear and full of kindness and love.
The illustrations absolutely captured my heart with their honesty and charm. The moles are drawn simply with no real difference between the siblings.
Yet each somehow exudes their own personality. Pops of red and unexpected colors brighten the landscape. The moles go on adventures and meet other forest critters. The tiny newborn twin moles learn about the scary world and gently figure out how to fit into their community. The moles, as well as owls, squirrels, hares, and other animals believe that their ancestors turn white when they pass away and live up in the white clouds and they are who make the snow. The ending of the book is a joyful sled ride with everyone celebrating the newly fallen snow.
As I read I couldn’t help but think how much I would love to read this to my own little mole.
Or to a classroom,
or to be the one lucky enough to have this endearingly beautiful book read to me…
especially on a snowy night… ❄️