Happy Friday! I'm joining Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday. Susanna is the author of many children's books, including Can't Sleep Without Sheep. If you would like to join in the picture book fun, please visit her blog for more information and lots of great book-related resources.
Here goes :)
Written by: Caralyn Buehner
Illustrations by: Mark Buehner
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010, Fiction
Suitable for Ages: 3 to 9
Themes/Topics: Winter, Imagination, Friendship, Seasons
Opening: "I love to build a snowman on freezing winter days. But when the sun is bright and warm my snowman melts away. There's nothing but a puddle when my snowman disappears. If only he were magic and could stay with me all year!"
Brief Synopsis: A little boy wishes his snowman was magic and could stay with him all year. He imagines all the fun adventures they would have throughout the spring, summer and autumn.
Links to Resources: Snowman Survival Pack by First Grade Blue Skies at Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Why I Like This Book: There are lots of reasons to LOVE this book. It's colourful and visually appealing, with a lovely rhythmic flow. The activities the little boy imagines his snowman friend doing, are so fun and silly that it challenges the reader to think of other things you could do with a snowman. And if you're using this book at school, it ties in nicely with a winter theme or a changing seasons unit.
Have the kids each pick a season. Put the children together in seasonal groupings, and have each group brainstorm and write/draw some season-specific activities they would like to do with a magic snowman.
Next, have everyone paint a snowman in their chosen season. The painting must include a seasonally correct deciduous tree, at least one seasonal prop (eg., spring/umbrella; summer/tent; fall/pumpkin; winter/skis) and of course, the snowman playing with a child.
Don't forget to check out Jennifer's pack full of teaching ideas to go with this book:
I'm going to be reading this book to my class next week. I can hardly wait!