The snow globe is described by Susie in the preface:‘Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf…the penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, ‘Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.’
It is then mentioned once more in Chapter 17:‘In his den, my father reached out to hold the snow globe in his hand the cold glass against his fingers comforted him, and he shook it to watch the penguin disappear and then slowly be uncovered by the gently falling snow.’
- In what ways do you think the snow globe could be a metaphor for Susie's heaven?
- To what extent do you think it could be a metaphor for living in suburbia?
- Do you expect the snow globe to appear as a prop in the film and if so, how?