Title: Where Snow Angels Go
Author: Maggie O’Farrell
Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young children’s fiction
Book format: Hardback
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Description: When you make an angel in the snow, it is yours forever.
One night Sylvie wakes to find her room filled with silver light, her furniture covered in frost, and an unusal visitor standing beside her bed.
Is it possible that something extraordinary, something magical has happened? Could this be the same angel she made last winter in the snow?
The snow angel has returned to her, with enormous feathery wings and icy blue robes. What Sylvie doesn’t know is that she’s in grave danger and that the angel is here on a mision: to save her life.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a fun and magical story about angels and what happens to the ones you create in the snow. Sylvie wakes up one might to find someone in her room. The someone isn’t quite sure what they are supposed to do but Sylvie spots that it’s an angel standing in her room. Sylvie soon finds out that this angel is the same one she made out of snow one day, but he’s here for an important reason, because Sylvie isn’t well and the snow angel has come to save her.

Where Snow Angels Go underneath the book jacket
©The Strawberry Post – Underneath the dust jacket 🙂

‘Where Snow Angels Go’ is a hardback book around A4ish in size with thick glossy pages of colourful illustrations and text. One day Sylvie wakes up to find a snow angel in her room. Sylvie’s snow angel has come back as a sort of guardian angel and she’s supposed to forget about him when she goes back to sleep, but Sylvie can’t forget him and she wants to see him again so she starts doing all sorts of things she can to try and make him appear. I really like how this story goes from the start. The conversation between the angel and Sylvie is funny with the angel a little confused about what he’s doing in her room and what he’s meant to do. Sylvie soon finds out that the snow angel is like a guardian angel, there to help her keep safe after she gets sick.

I like how this story explains the idea of a guardian angel, the phenomenon that we often feel of someone watching us or protecting us if we get into danger. And I like how Sylvie tries to get the angel to appear again but can’t. The idea of a snow angel becoming a guardian angel is a new one to me but I just love how this story has brought this idea to life and the ending of the tale is lovely with a heartwarming end for all the characters involved.

Where Snow Angels Go book page image one
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The illustrations appear throughout the story and they are so beautiful to look at. The pictures all look so lovely with the angel looking especially amazing. I love the use of silver in most of the pictures, with feathers and other things looking silvery on the page. Although the colour is silver if you tilt the book it makes each page look extra special and magical with the silver almost shining. The front cover has some reflective silvery parts on the jacket with a beautiful hardback book beneath that looks different from the dust jacket cover (which I love!). The illustrations in this book really bring this story to life and I like the little extra details like Sylvie’s dog and the clever places the silvery feathers and swirls show the angel’s presence. It just makes this story feel so special to read and I love looking back at the pictures in this.

Where Snow Angels Go book page image two
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This is such a lovely story and a really special one to read during the winter time. Children will love the tale of the snow angel and may be inspired to create their own snow angels if they are near any snow. I really love how the whole guardian/snow angel idea has been thought out and it’s a story I think many families will enjoy reading again and again.


What do you think of this book?  Have you ever made snow angels?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂

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