Reading Roundup: Bealeton Book Club Enjoys The Snow Child

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In January, the Bealeton Book Club’s reading selection was The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This was a great selection to “cozy up with” during the recent cold weather!

The Snow Child book cover - small girl and fox playing in the snow between trees

The Snow Child is a tale set in 1920s Alaska, where the main characters Jack and Mabel face their first winter while homesteading. They are a childless couple desiring isolation, yet experiencing alienation from one another. They are unprepared for the difficulties of an Alaskan winter.

During the first snowfall, they spontaneously create a child out of the snow. The following morning, the “snow child” has disappeared, but they see a young girl wearing the scarf and mittens with which they dressed the snow child. Her name is Faina and she seems to be a child of the wilderness. She gradually begins to trust them and they open their hearts to her. Meanwhile, Jack and Mabel begin to develop friendships with local neighbors George and Esther, and their son Garrett.

The author, Eowyn Ivey, is a native Alaskan, so the story feels authentic, yet magical at the same time. Interwoven throughout the novel are actual poems and Russian fairy tales about a “snow child” who magically appears to a childless couple. I particularly enjoyed the selection at the beginning of the book, which is a basis for the story:

“Let us go into the yard behind
and make a little snow girl;
and perhaps she will come alive,
and be a little daughter to us.”

Little Daughter of the Snow by Arthur Ransome

Most of our book club readers enjoyed the book, particularly the mystery surrounding the “snow child.” There was a lively discussion about the ending. Read the book and see what you think!

If this story interests you, try these (please note that some of these are children’s books):

Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Russia by Virginia Haviland
The Little Snow Girl by Carolyn Croll

 The Bealeton Book Clubs meet once per month. If you would like to join us, please check our schedule for dates, times, and reading selections:

Bealeton Evening Book Club,  Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Bealeton Afternoon Book Club, Thursday 2:30 p.m.

 Happy Reading!

Mary Sue, Adult Reference, Bealeton branch library

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