Have you ever heard or seen the story about The Snowman by Raymond Briggs? If you haven't, you are luckier than me, since you have a real chance to enjoy it for the first time. I believe so, not just because of the picture book itself won many awards, but because it is a fascinating thing to look at. You will never get bored looking through this picture book or even watching a movie based on the story. But the most interesting is not the picture book and off course not the movie! But a text story of The Snowman inspired by the original art work and tale of Mr. Briggs. The textbook combines everything in it what a real Christmas miracle combines and lets your fantasy fly away in a far away fairy-tale world of happy snowmen where your best dreams may become true. I would like to introduce you the main character of the story.
The story takes place in a small village farmhouse somewhere in the English countryside. The main character is a school boy named James who lives with his parents. Although the parents love him as they usually do like in all normal families, and nothing seems different, with no siblings and no real friends, he feels completely alone and sometimes lost.
Once during grey and snowless Christmas holidays in free and boring time James has nothing to do then just dream, and his dreams take him on an extraordinary journey. Once he woke up in the middle of the night and looked outside of the window because something unusual was going on on the street. The snow has fallen, very much snow! It was so beautiful! James went outside without letting his parents know about it.
James was a obedient son, off course, he thought it would be not good to go outside in the night without letting his parents know about it. They always told James that only good boys who go to sleep in time get their presents from Santa. But yet he believed it is not a big deal and decided to go outside alone.
He played in the snow a while with his dog Bertie until he got bored and tired. Just before he decided to go back home, James has a wonderful idea. He decides to build a tall snowman. What could go wrong? It is just a snowman after all. James made his snowman with love and interest. He made his snowman a face and put a hat as well as a coat on him. The next day brought nothing unusual or exciting. But in the night James woke up again and saw that the snowman went alive and was even waving to him from the yard. James was so surprised that he came down immediately.
It was astonishing for James that his snowman was alive and moving around like a real man. James and the snowman at once became friends because the snowman had a very adventurous and unusual character. The snowman could fool around and sometimes did things that not every person would be able to do alone. In the end it was all harmless and joyful ideas that James liked a lot. When time has come to say good bye for the next night, the snowman had an idea. And that idea took both of them so far away that James’s parents would certainly mind against it.
James was flying high in the air with the Snowman who seemed to be as powerful as an airplane and could fly. James saw the rooftops and buildings he had never seen before from such a height. Off course it was a risky idea to let a snowman take him high over the ground and to an unknown destination. But James thought it may be worth to take the risk and see how it all ends. He was certainly enjoying the company of the Snowman and their flight.
The flight ended in a very unusual place of endless snow, filled with kindness and warm, friendly snowmen who may never have existed. One of the James’s dreams realized as he met a very famous person, whom you also know and probably always dream to meet. James even got a gift from this famous person to remind about the story for the rest of his life.
The story has a sad ending. James had to return to home. He was never able to fly to the fairy-tale land again. Next morning James found out that the snowman melted and disappeared. This story tells us that child's dreams may sometimes become real. As any dream it will not live long although, but melt away with time. Only the memories of those dreams will live longer and maybe someday become real again. I personally believe, when James grows up, he will still remember these dreams. This will help him to believe in himself and never give up. If you want, fly away with the author, Michael Morpurgo, to the fairy land together with The Snowman.