While the photographs are lovely, the "story" itself is pretty non-existent: furry and feathered friends stop to visit the snowman. The actual words feel more like titles of each photograph than an actual story. Still, as someone who lives in a freezing climate, it was nice to read this to my young son and show him photos of a real snowman, rather than the perfectly rounded ones we're used to seeing. That said, the most exciting thing on the page is probably the snowman's red hat. It definitely reminds us that winter is a dreary time of year. And as this book is virtually indestructible, my son loves to grab it, turn the pages -- even throw it.
This book was written as a companion piece to the bestselling, and award-winning, "Stranger in the Woods" -- a book, soundtrack and film. I think in order to appreciate "Winter Friends" one must be familiar with its predecessor. Standing alone, it offers little more than some pretty pictures of winter scenes.