Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Snutt The Ift Stops By

Snutt the Ift CoverI’m delighted Thoughts in Progress is one of the stops on the blog tour featuring SNUTT THE IFT by Helen Ward.

Not having children doesn’t stop me from enjoying books for youngsters. I’m always on the lookout for books for my young cousins and besides, shouldn’t we all be young at heart?

SNUTT THE IFT by Helen Ward

Little Pickle Press is dedicated to helping parents cultivate and stimulate youngsters through a variety of medias including delightful books like SNUTT THE IFT, A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE by Helen Ward.

This is a cheerful book that introduces readers to Snutt, an Ift who not only likes to explore but also likes to dream. While exploring, Snutt discovers a wonderful new planet. Amazed by the planet’s beauty, Snutt becomes lonely when there’s no one to share it with. But suddenly Snutt finds another explorer, a Waft, who’s also lonely. Together they explore and enjoy the planet’s wonderful sights, making both very happy.

SNUFF THE IFT tells of friendship and sharing the wonders around us. The message will resonate with those who understand, value, and seek true friendship. 

Author Helen Ward has created an enchanting story for young and old alike. Her beautiful illustrations enhance the story and bring it to life. She gives great detail to the illustrations. The colors are vivid and rich, but soothing and draw you in.

HelenWard Moon small 300x408Helen has written and illustrated children’s books for over 20 years. She trained at the Brighton School of Art under such well-known illustrators as Raymond Briggs, Justin Todd, and John Vernon Lord and has accrued numerous awards and accolades for her work, including twice winning the prestigious National Art Library Illustration Award.

Helen’s illustrations are renowned for their vitality and painstaking attention to detail, and this is never more in evidence than in the fantastical, imaginative world she has created in SNUTT THE IFT, A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE. Originally published in the United Kingdom as WONDERFUL LIFE by Templar Publishing, the poignant story speaks to all who have discovered the elevated beauty of a world shared with kindred spirits. 

A children’s picture book, this book speaks to adults as well, and would make a great gift for all ages especially during the holidays.

Here the cute book trailer for your enjoyment. It shows the book’s beautiful illustrations.

To learn more about Helen, click on this link to read a Guardian article about her. 

SNUTT THE IFT can be purchased at Little Pickle Press

Be sure to enter the grand prize drawing for NINE Little Pickle Press books including the two foreign-language titles. What a great gift for some lucky child. Just sign up for the newsletter at http://www.littlepicklepress.com to automatically be entered. While you're there, look at all the award-winning books. Good luck!

Snutt The Ift, A Small But Significant Chapter in the Life of the Universe by Helen Ward, Illustrated by Helen Ward, Little Pickle Press, @2011, ISBN: 9780982993842, Hardcover, 42 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the tour host in hopes I would review it as part of this blog tour. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

You can follow the SNUTT THE IFT tour at the following sites:
Dec. 7 – Magic Dog Press
Dec. 8 - The Circle of Friends
Dec. 9 – Marian Allen

What are your thoughts on books that help stimulate youngsters’ imagination? Thanks so much for stopping by today.


  1. My children love picture books, even though they're not in the target age group...they just love being transported to a different place with the art and stories. Thanks for sharing Helen's book with us.

  2. I teach 11 year olds and use picture books a lot to teach different concepts all the time. This one looks terrific! :)

  3. This is such a wonderful looking book - I'm checking out my local bookstore. I also like the sound of this publishing company - very enlightened.

  4. Elizabeth, I think picture books are great for any age group. I know I enjoy them from time to time. It is a great way to be transported to a different place.

  5. Jemi, this is a terrific book. The illustrations are amazing.

  6. Jan, you're so right about the publishing company. They are a delightful company dedicated to helping teach youngsters (and adults).

  7. One unexpected benefit of this book is that it is a great tool for teaching parts of speech. Like Dr. Seuss, Helen Ward uses inventive, evocative language, so it is a fun and interesting way to understand parts of speech. Consider giving it to any teacher in your life as a holiday gift. Thanks for hosting, Mason! ~ Rana

  8. I bought four for my best friends for Christmas - because the message tells them how much they mean to me... how lonely the world would be without them. This is one of those books, like The Velveteen Rabbit, that grown-ups can collect, too.

  9. I saw this book on another site. It looks wonderful.

  10. Rana, the aspect of teaching parts of speech with this book is an added bonus. The youngsters will learn while having fun.

  11. Dani, that is a great gift for adult friends and a wonderful way to let them know how special they are in a fun way.

  12. Clarissa, it is a wonderful book. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is special.

  13. Alex, you are so right - friendships are important.

  14. This is a gem of a book for all ages. A perfect blend of prose and illustration!


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