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Book Review: The Snow Child

By Sarah Childers

Start your year with Sequoyah Regional Library System, which offers multiple activities to help you strengthen your bond with your community and yourself. No matter the journey you decide to embark upon, your local public library has the resources to help you accomplish your 2024 goals. Examples of January program offerings include yoga classes, paint nights, adult art classes, and seed swap parties. Visit to see the full list of options at the SRLS branches.

Make your first read of the year one that beautifully portrays the winter season in 1920s Alaska. Based on the Russian folktale “Snegurochka,” meaning “snow maiden,” author Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child follows a young couple who, following the death of their only child, decide to ease their grief by playfully building a child out of snow outside their home. When they return to their creation the next morning, they find the snow child missing and a small girl in its place. The couple takes her in as their own.

Full of mystery and whimsy, The Snow Child  explores themes of grief, family, hope, and survival in the sometimes brutal Alaskan winter. A bittersweet story, Ivey’s debut novel is one you’ll want to read while curled up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa.

So, whether you’re looking for your next read, a new hobby, or your next storytime, Sequoyah Regional Library System is proud to be your dynamic destination for discovery. Library cards are always free for those who live in Cherokee, Gilmer, or Pickens counties.