I just finished reading The Curious Snowflake by James C. Struck. My first impression, based solely on the title and the cover design, was that this would be a quick,lighthearted read. Well, you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Yeah, that.
Don’t get me wrong; it was quick, and it was for the most part lighthearted, but it was so much more than that.
The story follows Curious Snowflake as she travels through the Great Cloud, asking all the other snowflakes her deep questions of life, the most important being, “What happens when we fall?” It seems that no one has the answer to her questions, and they all grow tired of her questioning. It seems she will never find the answer to her questions, until she meets First Flake. First Flake is the only one who doesn’t grow tired of her never-ending quest for answers, and it is First Flake who gives her not the answers she seeks, but the answers she needs.
This is a children’s book, but it’s also an adult book. The story line is simple enough that a child can follow it with no trouble, and the fact that most of the characters a re snowflakes will appeal to almost every young person one might know. Older children especially will relate to the emotions felt by the snowflake as she travels through the Great Cloud seeking answers to her questions and is at times accepted and at times rejected by the other snowflakes.
But you don’t have to be a child to appreciate this book. The themes woven through the story are universal, and even adults will be able to relate to the Curious Snowflake’s desire to answer her deepest questions, as well as fit in with those around her as she discovers who she is. There is also a spiritual undertone throughout the book that will resonate with anyone who seeks to develop their own spirituality, and the broad themes allow the story to be enjoyed by those of many different faith traditions.
I thought this would be a once-and-done read, but there is a depth to this book that will make me want to pick it up again at some point to see what I may have missed the first time around.