When JC Little, also known as The Animated Woman, a super talented, Montreal-based, animator who tells vivid stories with her pictures and animation published a book based on a story originally told on her blog a few years ago, I was thrilled for her. It is available as an ebook (which actually becomes animated as you flip the pages) or as a paperback. I was even more thrilled when she put the word out that she wanted to do a blog tour and was looking for volunteers. "Yes", I said without really knowing what I'm doing!
This is the story of a mother watching her fourteen year old daughter and her younger brother building one last, early-spring snowman that could easily be the last snowman of childhood for this young lady. It is a touching, sweet story where the story is told as much with JC's expressive style of drawing as with the words on the page.
Any parent who has watched their daughter (or son, for that matter) slide into the teenage years treasures these moments when the child that they were peeks out and that is so perfectly captured here. I love that this mom stopped to appreciate this moment. Thank goodness her daughter's camera didn't come out in time or the promise of this rich illustration would never have been made.
I love the last line "I suspect that the Last Snowman is the first of many men who will fall for her". Don't we all wish this for our beautiful daughters? Okay, maybe not TOO many men, lol, but you get the picture.
This book would make a perfect gift for any parent or preteen/teen on your list. We're even coming up on the right time of year for it since a lot of kids will soon be building their last snowman of the season.
Now, I did mention a giveaway, didn't I, so here we go:
Of course, the winner will get a paperback copy of the book.
JC is giving away a special Last Snowman mug from her Zazzle shop
Her featured sponsor for this blog tour, Boiron, a leader in homeopathic medicines will be sending a swag bag with samples of their products. JC uses their products all the time and highly recommends them :)
Also, featured sponsor Dot & Lil, creator of bath, beauty and skincare products (also right here in Montreal) has created a special edition Hot Chocolate Swirl soap just for this blog tour. My lucky winner will also get some of her Shea Rescue Butter.
Does it get any better? This link gives a little more detail as well as bigger pictures.
If you'd like a chance to win these great prizes, just leave me a comment! This is open to both Canadian and US residents and a winner will be drawn on March 2.
Good luck friends!