Snow


Written by: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by: Lauren Stringer


Before Reading

There are so many wonderful things you can do on a snow day: make a snowman, drink a cup of hot chocolate and curl up by the fire, or just gaze out at the snow and appreciate the beauty and magic of snow falling. Before you and your child read about the different kinds of snow, talk about what s/he notices on the cover and what s/he thinks will happen in the story. Ask questions like:

What do you see on the front cover?

When you hear the word "snow", what are the first things that come to your mind?

Do you like when it snows? Why or why not?

What is your favorite thing to do when it snows?

(If your little one has never experienced snow before) What do you imagine snow to be like? 

What do you think will happen in this story?


As You Read

Be sure to point out the different ways that perspective is used. For example, you may notice that in one picture, there is a little girl sitting across from an older woman and coloring. The next picture features a rabbit sitting outside in the snow, but if you look above the rabbit's head, you can see a small glimpse into the home and the previous scene. The illustrator presents the snow from different perspectives, giving children many views into the magical snow globe that this town has become.

Make Connections

Even if your child has never experienced snow, brainstorm other things that the children can do in the snow. Ask, "What other things can you do in the snow besides make a snowman and snow angels? (Have a snowball fight, write words in the snow with your feet, go sledding, etc). Also, get him/her to think about what the people in the story are feeling. After reading, "...or tell each other all that we've been thinking", you can ask, "What do you think they are thinking right now?"

 


After Reading

Talk about the snowy wonderland that the writer and illustrator have presented in this book. Ask your child about how the story made him/her feel and why snow is so magical with questions like:

What is your favorite thing about snow and/or winter?

Which picture is your favorite? Why?

Why do you think people love snow so much?

How can snow be "fat and cheerful"?

 


Activity: Create a Snow Globe!

Inspired by: Our Best Bites

Supplies: jars, water, snow globe snow (or glitter), printer, laminating sheets, glycerin, small toys, pebbles and artificial garland

Here's your chance to make your own snow globe! As you begin creating your globe, be sure to pick things to put in your globe that won't break down in water!

  1. Print out a small picture of your child and cut it out. Laminate the picture but be sure to leave a bit of a border around the image so that water doesn't seep in.
  2. Put some hot glue on the inside of your jar lid and place your picture, a little piece of garland, a bunch of pebbles to keep everything in place, and anything else you want.
  3. As you let the glue dry, add water, glycerin, and lots of glitter to your jar. Use 2-3 teaspoons of glycerin per cup of water.
  4. Now carefully put the lid into the jar and close it tightly. Don't glue the lid on unless you are certain that everything in your globe is in the place that you want it and nothing with color in is bleeding into the water. 

Turn your jar over and you've got yourself a snow globe! You can also make a snow globe for any occasion or season. Try making an awesome summer "snow" globe using instructions given here.

STEM Extension

Check out this super cool experiment on ice using a balloon and discuss how ice behaves under different circumstances. 

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