Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
Day of Winter Solstice
It seems fitting, near this first “official” day of winter, to talk about prolific author Jean Little’s newest children’s book titled Dancing Through the Snow. The setting for this heart-warming story could be in any large urban city in the United States or Canada. Since Little is Canadian, this one is set in an un-named province.
Min, the main character, is somewhere around twelve years old, and has just been returned, for the fourth time, to Children’s Aid by her foster parent who “needs a break from kids”. Right before Christmas, Min in taken home by a medical doctor names Jessica Hart. Used to having nothing, “no family, no baby pictures, no real birthday” (book jacket), Min has a bit of a difficult time with this new adjustment. Gradually, she realizes that Dr. Hart, Jess, is just what she seems: kind, open, sharing, and loving in a way that Min has never experienced. Min makes friends, gets a puppy, and disposes of her eight-year-old braids which she has used as a comfort in her various foster homes and schools.
The ending is predictable, but happy all the same. Min, well, I don’t want to tell you any more about Min, because then you won’t want to read the story yourself!
Dancing Through the Snow