Everything begins with an owl dropping a hat:
Will Hillenbrand’s books often accommodate reader interests in the world’s animals -- domesticated or wild, imagined or real. Snowman’s Story brings the Ohio-born author/illustrator’s expertise with appealing, cuddly animals to the reader-friendly format of the wordless picture book. A top hat dropped by an owl and left lying on its side in a evergreen-filled, snow-covered landscape therefore catches the attention of a passing bunny.
The bunny does what any good hat-trick rabbit does with a magic hat and scurries inside out of curiosity. Mother Nature immediately expresses her unwillingness to end severe weather by causing wintry winds to carry the hat and the rabbit aloft. The bunny and the hat fall gently atop a carrot-nosed, red-scarfed snowman.