Perfect Picture Book Friday

Here's a beautiful book by Cynthia Rylant that you DON'T want to miss.

Snow by Cynthia Rylant. Book review and activities for first grade.

Snow
Written by: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrations by: Lauren Stringer
Harcourt Books, 2008, Realistic Fiction
Suitable for Ages: 5 to 12
Themes/Topics: Snow, Imagery
Opening: "The best snow is the snow that comes softly in the night, like a shy friend afraid to knock, so she thinks she'll just wait in the yard until you see her. This is the snow that brings you peace."

Brief Synopsis: This is a beautiful look at a day in the life of a young child and her elderly grandmother. It explores different kinds of snowy days and how they make you feel. It also briefly touches upon the fragility and impermanence of life: "And the snow, while it is here, reminds us of this: that nothing lasts forever except memories."

Why I Like This Book:  The illustrations are soft and dreamy. The text is typical of Cynthia Rylant, with a lovely rolling feel to it. This book just makes you feel peaceful.

Links to Resources:

1. A fabulous 4-page activity guide with pre and post-reading questions, plus math, science and art extensions!
2. Here's a sweet snowy art project you can find at Deep Space Sparkle.


3. Another gorgeous snow painting from That Artist Woman. Hard to believe, but a Grade 1 child painted that!




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13 comments

  1. WOW!!! That art is FANTASTIC! (might have to steal it) ;)
    I hadn't heard of that book before, but the language sounds beautiful!

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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  2. That Snow book looks beautiful. Definitely going to have to look into adding that to my collection.
    ♥ Dragonflies in First ♥

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  3. Barbara, that polar bear painting has me speechless. What talent! I'd be happy to hang that on any wall in my house... I too love the lyrical, gentleness of this book. Great choice!

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  4. Isn't Cynthia Rylant amazing? I didn't realize there was a book activity guide. Thanks for the the link!

    Dee
    First Impressions

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  5. This book sounds beautiful, Barbara! I love Cynthia Rylant, and this looks like a lovely quiet, dreamy book, just like those peaceful snowfalls. I love your suggested activity. And that polar bear - WOW! A first-grader? That is truly impressive! Thanks so much for sharing this worthy addition to our list!

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  6. The opening was enough to hook me. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

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  7. Somehow, I missed commenting on your book, or it appeared added after I checked out the list. I love Cynthia Rylant's book "Snow," it has such a pristine nature about it. And it is so lyrical. Very nice choice for cold weather. And, I can't believe a child drew the polar bear! WOW -- a budding artist.

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  8. Cynthia Rylant is awesomely lovely!!!!!!!!! I'll have to get this book.

    And I cannot believe that a first grader did the polar bears. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *sigh* I can't even draw a stick figure. *envious* :-)

    *waving*

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  9. Barbara, this is a great choice-my teachers are looking for "snow" picture books this time of year-I have a pretty sizeable Cynthia Rylant collection, but I didn't recognize this book-we opened the library on 2007 and must have just missed this one in our opening collection. Will have to add it for sure-looks great! Thanks so much!!

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  10. This book sounds wonderful -- and like so many others, I am absolutely astonished at the polar bear art piece! wow.

    Thank you, Barbara!

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    1. Thanks for all your sweet comments, everyone! They're very much appreciated :)

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  11. Just wanted to let you know that I had my kids do the painting with one red object and a tree and snow after our unit on The Snowy Day and Ezra Jack Keats. It was awesome. I love doing art with them about literature. Thanks!

    First in Maine

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