You would think that, being a snow man, he would be interested in the flowers of frost that spread on the kitchen window in midwinter. But no, no, no! They only irritated him because he was trying to see through the window to the hot wood stove.

Now, I can understand a yard-dog like me being attracted to a wood stove, but a snow man? Why would he want to get anywhere near it?

When spring came, I got an answer to my question. The children had built the snow man around the stove raker, and it was all that was left standing after he melted and ran into the gutter. The mistress of the house came out to retrieve the rake, and she brought it back inside, and leaned it against the stove where it belonged.

Lucky dog!

The Yard Dog in The Snow Man, Hans Christian Andersen. Illustration by H.J. Ford.