When Sophie makes a late winter snowman, she gets concerned about how quickly he starts melting. Her mom helps her find a way to keep him forever… sort of. What she learns is that nothing ever really goes away if you keep it close to your heart.
Targeted Age Group:: 5-8 year olds
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was inspired by my son eating pistachios on an unusually snowy day in March. I also had a dear friend who loved working in polymer clay who told me she was going to make clay snowmen with her children on that same day. Immediately, the idea came to life in my head.
“What’s wrong?” her mother asked
when she heard Sophie sigh.
“The sun is coming out. Pistachio is already
starting to melt,” Sophie told her.
“That’s what happens to snowmen. The fun is in
making them and getting to enjoy them for however long
we can. Sometimes it’s a long time and sometimes it’s not.”
Sophie smiled and nodded. Still, her mom could tell
she was sad knowing that her friend was melting away.
“I have an idea,” her mom said as she
began to get out her big craft basket.
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Award-winning author, Linda Boulanger, mostly writes historical fiction, though she also enjoys crafting meaningful children’s stories. Having grown up in the magical land of Alaska, her imagination was her refuge when winter days got too cold or she needed to hide away from overly large mosquitos in the summer. It was during those days that the storyteller was born, though it would take many years before she found her voice.
When not traipsing into imaginary historical lands, writing children’s books, or designing book covers, Linda can be found spending time with her husband, four human children, two fur babies, and several grand hamsters and guinea pigs in NE Oklahoma’s Green Country.
Illustrator, Katherine Boulanger, has been drawing as long as she has been able to hold a pencil. Her love of art spans across many mediums and styles, colored pencil illustrations like those used in Pistachio being just one of them.
Katherine and her feisty guinea pig currently split their time between their home town in Oklahoma, near the Kansas border, and grad school at Kansas State University.