Perfect Picture Book Friday

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 :)


Snowmen All Year
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.

Science/Seasonal Idea:
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!




Happy Reading!

9 comments

  1. I blink my eyes & there you are with a brand new blog look! Are you creating these??? I seriously need some assistance!!! lol Maybe I should spend more time trying to figure it out...instead of blog stalking. :-)

    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  2. Thank you, Delighted! I just love changing it up....so much fun :)

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  3. Love that book and your new design! Just awesome!!
    Thanks for the shout out!! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  4. You're welcome, Jennifer. Thanks for introducing me to it. Happy New Year!!

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  5. Such a fun book recommendation and activity ideas! I'm off to B & N this morning to get Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, another blog-find! Your new look is amazing; I can't imagine what you'll be able to create AFTER the photoshop class . . . happy new year!

    Barbara

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  6. Barbara, this is wonderful! What a great job you did, and what an appealing book. Is this related to Snowmen At Night? The art doesn't look quite the same so I'm guessing not... I'm so pleased that you've joined PPBs (at least this week :)) and I look forward to seeing what else you pick. As a first grade teacher you must have a great idea of what picture books really appeal to kids. I think those of us who write picture books could really learn a lot from you! Thanks for sharing this one!

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  7. Thanks , Barbara!
    You're welcome, Susanna! It was fun. I'll try again next Friday:)

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  8. OMG! Happy New Year Barbara! I love the new blog design!! Absolutly beautiful! Did you do it yourself?

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  9. Hey Theresa! Nice to hear from you. Happy New Year, also. And thanks for the compliment. No, I wish I did make it. I got it from The Cutest Blog on the Block. I can't remember where I found the header ... maybe the same place ... and then I just embellished it a little.

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