Our Snowman by M.B. Goffstein
This is a short book, but it is a gem as so many of M.B. Goffstein's are. Our Snowman has a very simple, very true plot that is not the slightest bit exotic. It is as comforting as hot cocoa and a perfect book for young ones on a night when a Snow Watch is called.
Goffstein's understated illustrations match the text. Soft and warm, they are just enough to show the concern between a sister and her little brother. Enough to show a family interacting cheerfully at dinner. The wonder of the story hinges on the sister's sudden realization: now that you've made a beloved snowman, how can you leave him alone in the gathering dark as your family enjoys its closeness?
Its quiet and artfully-expressed joy of family and empathy for others make this book a natural choice for both snowy, dark days and winter holidays when families gather.