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Lakshmi just moved from rural, sunny Guyana to a city in icy, frigid Minnesota. Her family is trying hard to adjust to a new country, but for Lakshmi, the hardest part is the cold, slushy, white stuff everywhere. Snow didn’t exist in Guyana, but it’s inescapable in Minnesota. Lakshmi’s too scared to walk in it, so her mama has to carry her everywhere. But when she meets a new friend on the bus, Lakshmi’s fears melt away, revealing a bravery she didn’t know she had.

Based on the author’s own childhood experience of immigration, Snow Steps fosters empathy for newcomers and provides reassuring comfort to children facing new experiences.