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Annie and Snowball and the Magical House

Annie and Snowball and the Magical House

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon , 2010   ISBN: 978-1416939450

Annie has made a new friend, a little girl of her own age who is called Sarah. Sarah invites Annie to come over to her house to play, and she even invites Snowball, Annie’s pet bunny.

   After school, Annie asks her father if she can play with Sarah and soon they are driving to Sarah’s house. The house looks like a “gingerbread cottage,” and inside it is decorated with “dainty” and “frilly” things. Annie is charmed by it all because she is very partial to frills.

   Annie and Sarah decide to go outside, and the garden is just as lovely as the house is. Sarah suggests that they make a fairy house, and the garden certain lends itself to such an activity. Annie is delighted with the idea and the little girls get to work.

   In this simple yet engaging Annie and Snowball title, Cynthia Rylant celebrates the way in which children can enjoy themselves making something using items that they find outside. Leaves, petals, pieces of wood, stones and other gifts of nature can be used to create something that children treasure.

   This is one in a series of Annie and Snowball books. The titles in the series were written to give beginner readers stories that will hone their reading skills and capture their interest.