First Steps, First Snow, by Harriet Hodgson | Dedicated Review

Book Review of First Steps, First Snow
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First Steps, First Snow: Book Cover

Written by Harriet Hodgson

Illustrated by Carol Hill Quirk

Ages 5-7 | 36 Pages

Publisher: BQB Publishing | ISBN-13: ‎9781952782619

What to Expect: Nature, animals, mindfulness, change

The forest is always beautiful, but at night, in the snow, under the glow of the full moon, it is truly wondrous. From deer grazing with their fawns to foxes and raccoons hunting in the drifts and an owl gliding from branch to snowy branch, the forest is full of nighttime friends. To walk through the first snowfall of the year and hear it crunching under your boots as you walk through the “timeless trees” is the perfect way to celebrate winter—especially when, afterward, you get to curl up in a nice warm bed!

Filled with scenes that will be familiar to anyone who lives in and loves the woods, First Steps, First Snow uses both images and text to evoke the hush, mystery, and peace of a forest in winter at night. Simple, short snippets of text combine rhyme, poetic imagery, and sound words to encourage readers to imagine with all five senses, while beautiful, subdued ink and watercolor illustrations depict the forest and its inhabitants in loving detail. When read aloud (with the time taken to linger over each image), the text is restful and meditative—perfect for bedtime reading.

First Steps, First Snow is beautiful, timeless, and joyful.

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Harriet Hodgson: Author Headshot

About the Author

Award-winning author Harriet Hodgson has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University. She also has an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. After a dozen years in the classroom, Hodgson quit teaching to pursue a writing career. Visit for more information about this busy mother, grandmother, great grandmother, author, speaker, doodle artist, and community volunteer.

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June 29, 2022 at 07:40AM Dr. Jen Harrison