This Christmas you need Snow

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Of course, it’s ridiculous to associate the festive season with snow in Australia. And yet, so many Christmas traditions – from carols and decorations to the food we eat – are suited to a much chillier climate. You may be sweating over the roast turkey on Christmas Day but we have just the book to cool things down.

Snow, a version of Walter de la Mare’s classic poem, has been illustrated by Carolina Rabei and the result is superb.

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Rabei’s restricted colour palette – shades of greys and browns with a splash of red – complement de la Mare’s simple but rich prose –

“Whispering, rustling / Through the air / On sill and stone / Roof — everywhere.”

Although de la Mare’s poem is simply about the wonder of snow, Rabei’s exquisite illustrations turn his words into a celebration of a northern hemisphere Christmas. All of the activities and traditions associated with a wintery festive season – from hanging stockings by the fire and building a snowman to tobogganing and Father Christmas steering his sleigh through falling snowflakes are included, making this a perfect Christmas book.

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Find Snow online at Readings, which delivers free within Australia. If you hurry, you can still get this book in time for Christmas.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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