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Snowmen: Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects

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Book Name: Snowmen: Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects

Author: Peter Cole, Leslie Jonath

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0-8118-2554-X

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 80

Illustrations: Color & B & W photos, B& W diagrams

Experience Required: All ages

Book Review

Snowmen: Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects is a great resource for families who like to engage in indoor and outdoor activities in the winter months. The introduction this book to contains information how to get started, how to get inspired and materials you can use to embellish and decorate your snow creations. I like their suggestions about starting small and keeping a photo of your creations so they’ll live on after they have melted. Following the introduction there is a chapter on working with snow giving brief but specific descriptions of what snow is best to use when packing, molding and sculpting, massing (gathering), packing, carving, molding, rolling, stacking and framing snow and snow sculptures which is great for beginner sculptors. I like the approach the authors use because they offer up their expertise with the techniques mentioned above as suggestions while still giving credit to your own sculpting methods. I also really like the inclusion of a list of possible tools to be used and decorating ideas for your snow sculptures including a list of natural, found and store bought items you can use.

At the beginning of each chapter (No People Like Snow People, Creatures of the Snow, Snowscapes and No-Snow Snowmen) there is an index of all the projects in that chapter. I like this feature because it gives you the option to look first at the specific projects in which you are interested or look through the chapter to get a visual likeness of all the projects from the photos. The full color photos give the reader a clear idea of the possibilities of the final product. I like that in the photos you can clearly see all the embellishments used on the snow creations. Although the instructions for the projects in this book aren’t in the numbered step-by-step format (except in the case of the Celebrity Snowmen project which outlines the basic sculpting steps in photos) they are clearly explained. The instructions are accompanied by a detailed list of supplies and tools need to make your creation. Additional parts accompany the instructions for certain projects such as the Note explaining how to make Frosty’s broom for the Seven-Foot Frosty snow sculpture. There is also the diagram complete with measurements to make Rudolph’s frame for the Rooftop Nick and his Red-Nosed Sidekick.

My favorite part of Snowmen: Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects is the chapter on No-Snow Snowmen because it goes beyond the concept of building the traditional snowman with unique ideas for snow creations, winter related crafts and recipes. This chapter contains instructions for making snowman prints, keepsake cards, frosty’s stocking, macaroon men, marshmallow men, ice cream man and a meringue man. These are great projects for the days you can’t get outside but still want to do something winter related.


  • Rooftop Nick and his Red-Nosed Sidekick
  • Snow Angel
  • Porcupineneedle
  • Stega-snow-rus
  • Snow Encounters
  • Winter Palace
  • Keepsake Cards

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