Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer

Knock KnockKnock Knock by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Guy Francis. 2018.

Brief summary: Bear is trying to get ready for winter and settle into hibernation when he keeps getting interrupted with knocks on his door.

Comments: A cute and clever story unfolds with the illustrations moving the story along with each knock knock joke. I would introduce this with the kindergarten unit on how animals get ready for winter.

 

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

Winter Dance

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Richard Jones. 2017.Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: A beautiful fox sees that winter is coming and asks the forest animals what to do. He learns that the woolly caterpillar will wrap itself in a chrysalis. The turtle tells him to bury himself in the mud. The fox continues asking the forest animals and realizes that he cannot do what they do. He comes across another fox as the snow begins to fall and learns what foxes do.

Comments: This is a beautiful, softly illustrated story that explains how the forest prepares for winter. This is a great addition for those season book collections teachers request.

Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly Mackay

Waltz of the Snowflakes

Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly Mackay; illustrated by Elly Mackay. 2017. Published by RP Kids.

Brief summary: A young girl and her grandmother get ready to go in the cold and blustery December weather to the ballet. Once inside, the girl sees a boy sticking out his tongue to her. Coincidentally, they end up sitting next to one another in the balcony section. Once the orchestra starts, her attention goes to the stage where she experiences many emotions as she sees the story unfold. The shared aesthetic experience brings the two children closer together with her even offering him a candy.

Comments: This story without words captures the first time a young girl see The Nutcracker. The illustrations are dark and cold to match the mood of winter and the darkness of the auditorium. The colors are brilliant and full on the stage. The story is easy to follow with the paneling and action of the illustrations.

Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson

Dormouse Dreams

Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Renata Liwska. 2017. Pencil, colored digitally.

Brief summary: The dormouse is deep asleep in his tree unaware of winter slowly turning to spring. The snow melts and animals come out of hibernation all around him while he continues to sleep and dream.  A friend knocks on his door and wakes him. They get married and then are seen in the tree dreaming together.

Comments: This is an adorable book about that time when winter starts to slowing disappear and the hibernating animals are coming out to greet spring.  This is not a narrative nonfiction book as several of the forest creatures are playing with darts, skiing and engaging in other outdoor games while the little dormouse is asleep in a tree above them.

I looked up dormouse, because I did not remember ever hearing about these type of mice when I was growing up. I found out why. First, they are not mice but are related more to squirrels. Also, they are not found in the United States but are in Europe, Africa, and Asia. They do hibernate for a long time– six months or more.

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Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat

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Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat; illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. 2017. Published by Henry & Holt Company.

Brief summary: Pablo, an adorable fluffy white lamb, goes out to his first snow. ‘ “What is it for?” he wonders.” Pablo thinks it is for making tracks, riding a sled, and snowball fighting. After he gets together with his friends, Squirrel, Shrew, and Rabbit, they come across Fox who is making a snowman.  Pablo stays with the snowman not realizing a snowstorm is falling all around him and covering his footsteps back home. He starts to cry until he sees two moving snowballs realizing his snow-covered Mom and Dad are there to bring him back home to the barn where they cuddle inside.

Comments: This would be a cute seasonal winter story to tell in the winter unit of study or for the joy of reading. Students could make Pablo with cotton balls glues to blue construction paper.

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The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt; illustrated by Chris Britt. 2016. Watercolor, acrylic, Tombow pencils H, HB, and 4H.

Brief summary: Drift was one of the first snowmen built at the beginning of winter and only has coal and sticks while all the other snowmen have mittens, hats, scarves, and carrot noses. One morning, a bunch of kids playing nearby see how plain Drift is and decide to dress him up by giving him some of their clothing making the snowman very happy.  The snowman decides to play with the children all day until the weather changes. After saying good-bye, a blizzard comes blowing off some of Drift’s new clothing.  In the middle of all of the windy snowfall, Drift comes across a small rabbit that is cold and hungry. The snowman kindly gives his few remaining  gifts to the rabbit–the scarf to keep it warm and his carrot nose to feed it. The snowman looks like he did at the beginning of the story, but has changed inside.

Comments: This is a sweet story about sharing. Children give some of their winter clothing to a stranger and make a new friend. The snowman pays it forward by giving his new gifts to a cold, hungry rabbit.

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Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. 2016. Paint

Brief summary: December comes and a family prepares the farm for winter. The family says good night to the berry plants by covering them in straw. The father covers the field with oats and rye to protect them. They prune the raspberries and cut firewood to keep warm. They secure hoop-houses with plastic sides and prepare the chicken coop. They build a windbreak for the beehives and ready the farm stand for what they sell in Winter. Equipment is covered to prevent rust. All is tucked in ready for the quilt of white snow.

Comments: There is an author’s note in back. One of the books to share with primary during the winter study. Loved the imagery of the whole farm being prepared to go to bed for the winter. The illustrations reminded me of those beautiful painted Christmas card scenes.

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Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by April Pulley Sayre. 2016. Photography.

Brief summary: Superb photos of snow in nature with all its forms and shapes. Begins with snow on a squirrel’s nose and then explores how snow looks and forms in the forest with snow in its full water cycle and then ending on a squirrel’s nose again.

Comments: Very well done. You really need to see it to appreciate the beauty of this book. I can’t imagine the patience it took to get all of these high end photos of the various forms of snow and in the forest. I nominate this as the number one winter book this year. I would suggest pairing it with her companion that came out last year, Raindrops Roll. I can’t wait to see what she creates next.

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Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. Scratchboard and watercolors.

Brief summary: A young girl makes a wish hoping that snow comes that night to slow down the fast paced city.  Her mother returns home from work after arriving to the airport to see the snow covered runway. The next morning her family enjoys the snow day by going out sledding and returning home to eat bakery delights while their wet clothes dry from the snow.

Comments: The illustrations make the  short poem come alive in this snow day wish story.