The Adventures of Fawn: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls
Fawn, daughter of two of Santa’s reindeer Comet and Vixen, resents being treated like a baby by her protective parents. She learns the magic words necessary to leave Santa’s village and sets off on an adventure of her own. Finding friends and facing dangers both natural and human, Fawn learns a valuable lesson about what is most important in life.
Theme of the Book
The Adventures of Fawn: Till the Last Snowflake Falls is a book about the importance of friendships, about faith, and about growing up. Fawn’s life changes as she makes lifelong friends and discovers that friendship can overcome the most frightening moments. This importance of friendship is the crux of a story whose lessons are applicable to children, teens and adults.
What I Liked About the Story
One of the most appealing things about the book is the naturalness of language used by the characters. Fawn and her friends speak like young teenagers with none of the artificiality of typical fairy tale stories. Fawn rolls her eyes at her parents; she mumbles under her breath; she uses mild sarcasm and mild “swear” words (“Darnit!”); she teases her friends the way a normal young person would. The friends invent new words by combining two old ones: terrilized and amtastic are just two examples. Mr. Boy must spend a lot of time around young teens to have captured them so perfectly.
The dangers Fawn and her friends face, while dramatic, are not traumatizing for young readers or listeners. They are of the same order as dangers faced in popular Disney films where, while there is tension and suspense, the outcome is never unknown. The dangerous situations are based on what might actually happen in the Arctic: attack by animals, capture by humans, blizzards. This provides a subtle learning experience for young readers more used to mythical monsters and threats.
The plot is engaging, the descriptions of Santa’s village appealing, and the characters from Fawn to Dr. Mary Weather very likeable. The villains are just comical enough not to be too frightening. There is magic in use, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the actions of the characters. There is no “the wizard will save us” attitude here; in fact, it is the characters themselves who provide the most satisfying of endings.
The illustrations are in a naïve style, but definitely add humor to the story.
What I Didn’t Like About the Story
There is very little not to like about The Adventures of Fawn: Till the Last Snowflake Falls. I did wonder if the setting of Santa’s village was at the same level of age appropriateness as the plot and readability. Will children of 10, who can read the story themselves, feel comfortable with a tale about Santa and his reindeer or will they feel that the setting is too babyish for them?
This is a delightful, charming, humorous, yet meaningful story perfect for young children to read alone or to have read to them.