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Today's guest post comes from our very creative freelance writer Rory Evans:

Being just three years old, my daughter still has a hard time distinguishing fact from fantasy. What she sees in books, she assumes will happen in real life. Obviously, this is only occasionally the case. Like last weekend, when a snowstorm let us reenact a key plot point from The Summer Snowman one of her recent favorite books.

Written in 1955 by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham—the duo behind the excellent Harry the Dirty Dog books—The Summer Snowman is about a little boy who makes a tiny snowman and then stashes it in the so-called "deep freeze" until the Fourth of July, at which point he surprises his town with a little (snow-melting) show.

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After the recent snow, my daughter and I made a little snowman, and decorated him with a baby carrot, buttons, a bit of thread for his mouth, a scrap of fabric for a scarf, and a top hat I'd made from black felt. (We stabilized him on a chopstick, and plated him for a quick photo shoot.)

Now he's wrapped in tin foil and stashed away in the bottom of our freezer until some hot summer day.

photo-48Thanks, Rory!

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