|Elliot & Thompson|
1 November 2021
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book
📖 What did I think about it...
I was lucky to be able to review this rather special book on its blog tour in November last year. I am delighted to re-post my review on its paperback publication day and to share its pretty new cover.
Not only is Fifty Words for Snow a fascinating look at how we view the 'feather like flakes that fall from the sky' but it's also a trip, in fifty words, to some amazing places around the world. From the Sámi people of northern Norway, Finland, Sweden, through to Suncups which form in the snowfields of the northern hemisphere, including England, the author describes the myths and stories which follow this glorious phenomenon around the world.
Wonderfully presented Fifty Words for Snow draws you into a magical world which the author describes so beautifully. Each chapter is complete within itself and is headed by a lovely illustration, from the original photographs of snowflakes taken by Wilson Bentley and just as each snowflake is individual so is each special meaning.
I started the book with the intention of dipping wherever took my fancy but after the first chapter I found that I read the book in snowflake order, captivated by the lyrical quality of the stories as they unfolded in the fifty very different words for snow. I love the way that snow quietly transforms even the bleakest of landscapes, turning the vista into a magical and sparkling world, and I think, in this lovely book, the author has captured the very essence of snow, and what it means to different cultures.
Fifty Words for Snow has brought a little bit of sparkly magic into my world and it is definitely a perfect gift for anyone who loves the beauty of words or the simple joy of making angels in the snow.
About the Author
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