The Snow Rabbit
The Snow Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Camille Garoche
Two sisters look longingly through their window at the snowy sky. One goes out and sculpts a little rabbit, but when she brings it back inside to her wheelchair-bound sister, it begins to melt. So they take it outside and into the forest where enchanted things begin to happen.
A follow up to her hauntingly beautiful Fox’s Garden, Camille Garoche (a.k.a. Princesse Camcam) mounts paper cut scenes into dioramas that are then meticulously lit and photographed, lending the illustrations depth and heightened drama. Steeped in subtle detail and unspoken emotion, The Snow Rabbit is a book to cherish.
8.5" (W) x 10" (H) • 56 pages • HCJ
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
"To make the book, Garoche created the cut-paper art, built three-dimensional sets in dioramas, then lit and photographed them with remarkable depth, crisp edges and soft shadows. The result is pure magic." —Shelf Awareness
“Subtle nuances of light and color lend a delicate beauty to the illustrations for this wordless tale of a rescued wild creature who returns the favor...A silent, magical encounter.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Garoche, reprising the same technique she used in Fox’s Garden, constructs and photographs diorama-like cut-paper scenes featuring fanciful characters and backgrounds, a process that gives the final images an eerie, real-yet-unreal quality. In this wordless story, two sisters with yellow hair gaze out the window of their cottage into a snow-covered forest. ... The girl in the wheelchair, the vulnerability of the two in the wood, and the delicate rabbit seem to play on a fascination with fear and fragility. Fans of Garoche’s previous book will be gratified.” —Publishers Weekly
"Greater emotional complexity awaits in the hushed pages of Camille Garoche’s The Snow Rabbit, which unfolds without words through enchanting illustrations made of tiny, hand-colored paper cutouts." —Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal
”The art, meticulously crafted with hand-cut paper and photographed like a miniature stage set, is layered and charmingly precise.” —Christopher Silas Neal, The New York Times
”This picture book about selfless love looks as beautiful as the message behind it.” —Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, School Library Journal