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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  1. I have a real soft spot for picture books that are pure fun with no profound message. Much of life is just about simple fun, especially for kids! Love your activity suggestions, too, Julie.

  2. I also like those type of picture books. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love snowmen.

  3. I love it, I wish I had a youngster around so that I would have a good excuse to get one…I guess I could get it just for myself….

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  4. This looks like a fun one. My son loves books like this with a fun message. Plus he’s exploring and will soon have a lot of these “why” and “what” questions.

  5. Although I don’t have a favorite snowman book, when I think of snow, my mind instantly turns to, “The Cat and the Hat Comes Back.” I read that book over and over as a child! And you are right, Julie…we go from a “scare me, scare me” holiday to a “give me, give me” holiday, without remembering to thank God for our many blessings. Thank you for introducing me to “Picture Book Friday”!

  6. Julie, love this selection about snowmen. It really is an inspiring book that encourages the imagination of children. I bet we all just knew the snowmen or women we made as kids came to life at night. Great selection. — Pat

  7. This sounds like such fun, and such a great way to spark the imagination of a child (or adult).

  8. We have this book at home. My kids loved it.

  9. A very entertaining book. We followed our reading by making marshmallow snowmen, which we promptly ate up.

  10. Julie you beat me too it! I LOVE Snowmen At Night and was thinking to do it next week 🙂 What a fun choice! I like the suggestion above about marshmallow snowmen 🙂

  11. SNOWMEN AT NIGHT is a delightful story! It’s a fun read with the grandkids 😀 Always fun to get the kids thoughts on what they think their snowman does at night!!

  12. Julie, did you see that Samantha’s on a Roll hit the NYT Notable Children’s Books of 2011?

  13. Oh that’s lovely and dreamy. My kids wouldn’t like it at all, but I’d love it. Picture books will end up on my birthday list instead of theirs. Very cute!

  14. This one is a favorite in our school library!

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