Thursday, January 26, 2012

Snow Children's Books


SNOW!

We finally had our first measurable snowfall last weekend! It couldn't have been more perfect - started Friday, continued through Saturday, and cleared off for sledding on Sunday.

Unfortunately warm temperatures and rain melted away our 8+ inches of snow on Monday. But that's OK. We had fun sledding and now we're having fun reading aloud books about snow.

Our Snow Book Read Alouds


Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid is about 2 boys who have to go to school on a snowy day. They are a little distracted during class just waiting for recess to play in the snow.

When finally released, one boy builds a fort while the other boy builds snowmen. During the second recess the boys join forces to build a fort made of snowmen.

The illustrations really make this book! A note in the book says "the color illustrations were made with Plasticine that is shaped and pressed onto illustration board. The drawings were done with ink and watercolor paint."

According to Wikipedia, Plasticine is a non-drying clay often used in clay animation. Hmm.. interesting.

The author of Perfect Snow did a great job of using Plasticine to give her illustrations a 3D feel. They make the book visually interesting and fun to read.

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Snow Company by Marc Harshman is another fun book. A blizzard descends on a farming community and Teddy's family takes in 3 stranded neighbors for the night. 

Losing electricity just adds to Teddy's enjoyment of the evening as he listens to his retired neighbors tell stories of past snow storms. The end of the evening turns into a fun sleepover as Teddy's mom makes sleeping pallets for the neighbors close to their wood burning stove.

I love the simplicity of this story. Neighbors helping neighbors in a time of need. Older generations sharing oral history with younger generations. Snow Company is a sweet book to help children understand the value of community.

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White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt is a classic snow children's book.  We follow the postman, the farmer, and the policeman as a snow storm arrives in a small town and blankets everything white. Children happily build snow forts and have a snowball fight while our poor policeman ends up in bed with a cold.

First published in 1947 the story and illustrations have a mid-1900s feel to them. My copies (yes, I inadvertently bought 2 at a used book sale) were first published by Scholastic in 1988 so they are thin paperbacks.

I love reading classic books with my children. There's just something about the simple wording and illustrations that has stood the test of time.


In honor of our first Snow Day I am giving away one of my copies of White Snow Bright Snow

To enter, leave a comment with your email address on this post before February 2, 6 PM Eastern. I will randomly select a winner and notify her by email.   Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to #6 Reading to Know!

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26 comments:

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

I would enjoy sharing this with the kids!

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Annette {This Simple Home} said...

I subscribe, too.

Amy said...

Fun books! And so fun to have the snow! We woke up to a fresh dusting this am which was very welcome!!!

We love The Mitten and What Snowmen Do at Night. We haven't read any of these, so I'm excited for some new ideas!

Of course, we'd love to add a new snow book to our collection!

Carrie said...

White Snow, Bright Snow looked the most interesting to me and we do not own it so PLEASE DO sign me up! ;)

Carrie said...

I'm subscribed.

Carrie said...

And I like your FB page. (Which I THINK allows me three entries!)

Pink Sugar Bowl said...

We have never read this book! It's been a mild winter, no snow here yet. But anticipating February may bring a winter storm! Thank you for the chance to win!

Nicole @MTDLBlog said...

What a great idea to connect reading to a snow weekend. I love that idea!

The Zookeeper said...

So neat!! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

The Zookeeper said...

I like you on fb!! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

MamaHen said...

I first this book to my son for the first time today! I got it from the library yesterday because we just read A Snowy Day and he loved it. I had never read it before and we both loved it! I would love to have it in our library at home.

nickandkatherine said...

What a beautiful book. I would love to win. Can I enter in the uk?
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nickandkatherine said...

I subscribed by e-mail
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nickandkatherine said...

I liked you on facebook too
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Stephanie said...

My family would enjoy this book.
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Stephanie said...

I follow on Facebook
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Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I LOVE that picture! That is pure delight on your faces. :-)

Yes, you already know that I love snow books, too. The first two of these are new to me, and while I've read the third one, I don't *think* we own it, so sign me up, too!

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Amy said...

I subscribe...

Amy said...

I'm a facebook fan...

Christie said...

We live where our boys need books to know about snow....at least so far this winter! :)

We would love some new snowy reads! :)

Christie said...

We live where our boys need books to know about snow....at least so far this winter! :)

We would love some new snowy reads! :)

Mama Luvs Books said...

Would LOVE to win one!!!

Mama Luvs Books said...

Signed up and following you GFC

Mama Luvs Books said...

Following you on FB too!

Lacey said...

I would love to win!!! lennonlacey@yahoo.com

Lacey said...

I also liked SMB on facebook (this comment is for my second entry) lennonlacey@yahoo.com

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