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