I know the day after Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about shopping and the crush of the Christmas season. Not for me. I boycott all shopping this weekend because I resent how it takes the emphasis off one of the only remaining holidays that does not have “stuff” as its focus. Luckily, Susanna Leonard Hill started a feature called Perfect Picture Book Friday where we can share picture books we like and why. Reading is a delightful alternative to shopping. I chose this book because as we move into the winter season, it’s only natural to think about snowmen. This is a favorite at our house.
written by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Dial, September 2002, Fiction
Suitable for: Preschool – Grade 2 (ages 4-8)
Themes/Topics: Using your wildest imagination to explain an everyday observation.
Opening and brief synopsis: “One wintry day I made a snowman, very round and tall. The next day when I saw him, He was not the same at all!” When a boy observes that the snowman he built the day before now looks droopy and disheveled, he imagines what happened to his snow creation during the night. Soon the boy pictures all the neighborhood snowmen gathered in the park for “ice-cold cocoa,” a snowball fight, a round of making snow angels and more. Surely a full night of play and a long glide back to their homes must be the explanation.
Activities: The most obvious one is to build a snowman and watch it change over a day or two. Write your own story about what your snowman is doing at night!
Why I Like This Book: The verse in this book matches the playfulness and humor and the illustrations are gorgeous and heartwarming. By the end of the book you feel like you’ve been playing right along with the snowmen. I also love the question the boy asks: What DO snowmen do at night? There’s no big message here – just pure fun!
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