Overall: 4.5 Stars
Cover: 5 Stars
Illustrations: 5 Stars
Story: 4 Stars
As you can see from the iPad screenshot, this cover is CUTE! Well the illustrations throughout the entire book are just as adorable. The texture of the snowflakes and leaves and the sweet owlet--just make you want to give your child a squeeze. Five stars for Findlay's cover and illustrations.
However, the story is too short and there's a problem with the timeline, and that is why I only give it four stars. I liked it, but I want more of it. Findlay didn't add the words that gave me a sense of time. This book takes place in one day, yet Petal starts on autumn-leaved branches, ends on bare branches and enjoys her first snowfall. Findlay needed to add a sense of timing to the day, and add the snow piling over the autumn leaves on the ground to an illustration, rather than jumping to a white landscape.
With the advent of color capable devices, children's picture e-books now have a place and I expect the genre to increase in quality and quantity. And Petal's First Winter will have a spot in that list, thanks to Findlay's outstanding illustrations.