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The titular character of Katia Novet Saint-Lot’s Amadi’s Snowman‘s doesn’t believe he, as a future businessman, should have to learn to read. When a neighbor offers to tutor him, he runs away to the village market. His plan: he’ll be a prosperous Igbo man, and reselling things to local people, like the merchants he admires. But when he spots another boy sneaking a glance at a book for sale, he’s entranced by the unusual images of a white creature with a carrot nose inside the picture book. Soon Amadi starts to consider the possibilities of reading, and how so much beyond his village can be revealed to him in a book.

Amadi’s Snowman is a sweet book with a great message about the power of words. I’d recommend if for a reluctant reader, because children can relate to Amadi in the beginning, and it might just alter their perception about literacy in the end. My favorite scene is when Amadi walks back home, and notices the billboards for the first time: they’ve always been there, but now, with their mysterious language, he’s been awakened to them. The illustrations by Dimitrea Tokunbo, paintings composed mainly of warm tones, are the perfect accompaniment to the story as they bring Amadi’s Nigerian world alive.

Amadi’s Snowman is available in hardback now. Copy for review provided by the publisher.

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