[Review Copy Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books]
In this enchantingly illustrated and uplifting story, we cheer for a small snowplow as he goes out in a big snow storm and surmounts even bigger challenges. Expert storytelling combined with a perfect blend of retro and modern illustrations makes Small Walt a win for young fans of snowplows everywhere.
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[Local Bookstore]: Addendum Books
[Public Library]: Worldcat.org
Small Walt, with his sweet smile, kind eyes, and expressive eyebrows, may be the smallest of the snowplows, but his resolve and work ethic is as immense as the mightiest you’ve ever known. He just needs a chance to prove it.
During one storm, the other snowplow drivers refuse to drive him because they just don’t think he can handle it. He’s heartbroken, we’re heartbroken — but there’s not much anyone can do about it — so he waits.
But then Gus comes along and says he’ll drive Walt and starts him up. After running through all the checks, Gus declares that Walt is, “Good to go.”
Walt knows what he has to do and sets off with Gus. They clear the bridges and the ramps. They clear the snow and spreads salt on the roads. And all the while Walt says to himself, “My name is Walt. I plow and I salt. I clear the snow so the cars can go!”
It’s a pretty serious blizzard, but that doesn’t deter Walt and Gus. He keeps going and going. Chanting to himself in various verses that he is capable. It’s looking like he’s going to be just fine — until they get to a very, very steep hill. Gus isn’t so sure they can do this and contemplates letting a larger snow plow do this instead. Walt will have none of this, though. He knows he can plow this hill.
Secretly we’re not so sure if Walt can do it, especially when he starts to slide back down.
Fortunately, Small Walt is all about resolve and overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. So they keep chugging along and take those highly precarious moments in stride. Gus is proud, the larger snowplows are proud, and Small Walt knows that that with a healthy amount of determination and good guidance, he can do what he needs to do.
My boys (three and seven) are completely enamored with Small Walt. They love how he’s small, they love how other people tell him that he’s too little but he proves them all wrong, and they especially love that Walt tells himself that he can do it! They think the idea of being a snow fighter is the best one ever and they have a great time adding their own sounds to the story.
Small Walt is a perfectly suspenseful and daring picture book with a satisfying ending that shows the importance of self-confidence, determination, and bravery to all its readers. It speaks to kids in that enchanting way only an excellent picture book about big vehicles can.
You’ll find this book is enthusiastically requested for you to read over and over and over again; and with its onomatopoeia, gentle verses, and charming illustrations, you’ll be more than happy to oblige. I dare say adults will enjoy reading this story aloud as much as the kids will enjoy hearing it.
Recommended Ages 4 to 8. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. October 2017. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1481448451 Fiction.
Author and Artist Websites:
- [Author]: Elizabeth Verdick
- [Artist]: Marc Rosenthal
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What a fun winter story for young children. Little Walt is adorable and determined. The illustrations are beautiful — and I do like the retro look in some of the pictures. I am a fan of Elizabeth Verdick’s books. I love her board books and autism books.
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My kids are 2 and 4 and I still think this looks like the perfect picture book!
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I love the illustrations of this book. Reminds me of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel or I’m Dirty.