Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Red Sled

Red Sled

Lita Judge
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1442420076

The day is winding down, so the child goes into the cabin, leaving the red sled outside. Night falls, and when the light goes out in the cabin, a big bear comes over to the cabin and it sees the red sled leaning against a wall. The bear walks away from the cabin with the sled tucked under one arm, its paws scrunching and scrinching across the snow.

Soon the bear and its friend the rabbit are zooming down the hillside on the red sled, and they are having a fabulous time. When the moose see how much fun they are having, it decides to join them on the sled. Watching the sled go “sssssffft” across the snow is more than the opossum can stand, and it hops on board the sled with its two raccoon friends.

With no words other than onomatopoeic noise words such as “whoa” and “Hmmm?” this picture book captures the joy that sliding down a snowy hill on a sled can bring to animals and children alike. Readers will get so caught up by the story, that they will almost be able to smell the cold air, see the moonlit snow, and hear the cries of joy that the sled riders make.