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Dancing Through the Snow Book Review

Dancing Through the Snow by Jean Little
Courtesy of Scholastic Canada
Dancing Through the Snow Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 19, 2008
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

After living with five different foster families, Min nearly loses hope of ever being adopted. Then her Christmas miracle arrives. Check out Dancing Through the Snow by Jean Little.

Author: Jean Little

After living with five different foster families, Min nearly loses hope of ever being adopted. Then her Christmas miracle arrives. Check out Dancing Through the Snow by Jean Little.

The Foundling

Litter-Bin Min. Minnie McDumpster. The school bully called Min Randall every cruel name in the book. You see, Min was a foundling. When she was three, a woman called Shirl left her in the washroom at the Canadian National Exhibition. Since then Min has moved from one foster family to another, never letting anyone see the real Min. And her newest foster mother, Enid, is no exception.

Returning Min

Min and Enid are complete opposites. Min can’t stand her phony sugary-sweet attitude, any more than Enid can stand Min’s quiet and mysterious behavior. So it’s no surprise when, only weeks before Christmas, Enid drags Min to the Children’s Aid office. She demands that they take Min back, like she’s some sweater that didn’t fit right!


The Kidnapping

When Min’s doctor, Jessica Hart, overhears Enid’s demand, she can’t believe her ears. On impulse, Dr. Hart stands up to Enid and steals Min away from the office. Dr. Hart was also a foster child, so she understands Min’s painfully lonely life. She makes Min a promise—Min can live with her for as long as she wishes.


The Best Christmas Ever

Min can’t believe her luck. One minute she’s a throwaway orphan, and the next she’s welcomed into a beautiful home with the most caring foster mother she’s ever had. Min is certain this will be the best Christmas ever.


The Stray Dog

While shopping for the perfect Christmas tree, Min finds a stray dog. The dog looks helpless—she’s skin and bones, and nearly frozen through! Min and Dr. Hart take her to the vet. But she’s so frail that her chances of surviving are slim. Will the poor dog live, or will Min’s Christmas be her saddest one yet?


The Bottom Line

This story shows one girls journey from loneliness to happiness. Set at Christmas time, it’s the perfect book to read on the winter holidays. So curl up by the fire and pick up a copy of Dancing Through the Snow.


Dancing Through the Snow Rating: 4


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