The Snowman Waltz

On a cold winter's night under a starry sky, a dozen snowmen swoop down into a woodland glen. With a swing and a glide, they waltz in pairs, moving gracefully along a frozen river to a one?two?three tempo. Wearing top hats and colorful mittens, the snowmen bump, spin, and laugh as they make their way to dance on a frozen pond in a clearing. But wait, who is tramping down the hill and into the very same space? A dozen penguins, with their gleaming eyes and red bowties, march into the clearing, interrupting the dance. It's a collision on ice. What a disaster! How can both groups share the same space? What will it take to sort out this kerfuffle to the satisfaction of both parties? Told in lyrical text with contrasting rhythms, this fun read-aloud offers a subtle lesson in cooperation for readers of all ages. Back matter includes song and sheet music, as well as a finger dance activity.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey FIC
Lexile 330L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level I
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111271), PDF (9781534112131), Hosted ebook (9781534112674)
Copyright 2022
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - The Snowman Waltz

“The rhyming text catches the beat of both groups and will have readers eager to try out their own march or waltz moves, as well as read the story again”

Author: Karen Konnerth

Karen Konnerth sometimes waltzes, sometimes marches, with words, pictures, puppets, scraps, and music. Her background as a world-traveling puppeteer and teaching artist fills her writing with rare images and surprising medleys. She feels fortunate to have spent countless hours in the company of children, who remind her of the infinite possibilities of viewpoint and imagination. She lives in New Orleans, where every day the Mississippi River washes up new rhythms from everywhere. Learn more about her at

Illustrator: Emily Neilson

Emily Neilson is the author-illustrator of Can I Give You a Squish? and The Rainbow Parade. When not making books, Emily works on stop-motion movies, creating miniature chairs, trees, rocks, shrubs, and sculptures. Emily doesn’t know how to waltz but is actively on the lookout for any nearby snowmen who might be willing to teach. Emily lives in Portland, Oregon.

Activities for further learning
Original artwork
Full-color illustrations