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donnaodonnellfigurski.com - WHO LIKES THE SNOW?

written by Etta Kaner
illustrated by  Marie Lafrance

Kids Can Press
ISBN: 978-1-55337-842-6
ISBN: 1-55337-842-3
Ages 4 – 7

Snow tumbling from the sky
Flakes big and small.
I wonder why they’re whirling by?
I wonder where they’ll fall?

Snow flakes, snowballs, snow angels, snow forts and snowmen, or to be politically correct snow people, make up the wonderful world of snow. When snow falls, it can turn the most drab looking neighborhood into a magical place – a winter wonderland. But what is snow? Fluffy white stuff that tumbles out of the sky . . . Yes! Slippery, "slidey" stuff that blankets the ground and makes it hard to walk . . . Yes!  But, it’s oh so much fun for children to play in. Oh so much fun for them to toss in the air and feel its wetness, its coldness on their faces, to feel it melt on their tongues. Snow can light up a night or it can turn the world silent, as flakes gently glide to the ground. It can rage - only as a blizzard can rage - and shut your world down.

Who likes the snow? That’s a good question. It can be answered in so many ways. Children like it. Skiers and snowboarders like it. Sometimes I like it, too, as I watch the flakes drift, swirl, dance through the air as they make their way from cloud to earth. As long as I can stay toasty warm behind double-paned windows with a fire dancing in the hearth behind me, then I like it. Some folks are not so fond of snow, and why would they be, as they inch along the highway at ten miles an hour or as they rub their aching backs after shoveling pounds of the heavy white stuff from their walks and driveways. That’s no fun.

WHO LIKES THE SNOW, written by Etta Kaner and illustrated by Marie LaFrance, examines all good reasons to like snow, but Ms. Kaner adds an extra dimension to her story by asking the “I wonder” questions. Questions that children everywhere are always wondering about. I wonder why it snows? I wonder what a snowflake looks like? I wonder where the snow goes when it melts? These are just some of the questions that are answered in this book. Lift the flap to find the answers to all kinds of snow mysteries and maybe you can think up a few  “I wonder” questions of your own. Go ahead try it. On the next snowfall, sprawl out in the snow, sweep your arms and legs back and forth and create your own personal snow angel. Then let your mind drift to the wonders of snow.

This review can also be seen on: SmartWriters

FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

“I like the snow,” said Melia, “because you can have snowball fights.”

“I like snow, too,” said Becky, “because you can eat it. Snowflakes are fun.”

“I like snow because you can make snowmen,” said Jane.

“ . . . with funny hats and scarves,” said Becky.

“And you can make snow angels,” added Melia.

“Yeah!” agreed Jane. “You put your back on the snow and move you arms from side to side.” She demonstrated and everyone laughed.

“I like snow! That’s how this book starts out,” said Ethan, “I mean, who doesn’t like snow?”

Sarit nodded, “I think mostly everyone likes snow,” she said.

“Snow is cold,” said Jewel. “It’s frozen water. It’s smooth and it falls from the sky.”

“This book tells a story,” said Jake, “and it’s educational.”

“It’s educational because of all the facts and it’s fun to read,’ said Sarit.

“Yeah . . . because you get information, yet you enjoy it,” agreed Pritka.

“For a picture book, it sure gave a lot of information.
It told how snow is made,” said Jake.

“Snow comes from clouds and there are different shapes of snow,” commented Melia.

“This is a good book for kids because it teaches them about snow,” said Timmy. “It keeps repeating,  ‘I wonder why . . ..’”

Jane nodded her head. “Yeah, a boy wondered why it snows.” she said. “And a girl liked the snow because it’s quiet.

“The way it is presented is very interesting,” said Ethan.

“It tells what the character likes about snow, while teaching you about snow,” said Timmy.

“I like the way the author uses fiction and non-fiction,” said Pritka.

“Uh-huh,” Ethan said with a nod. “First it tells you something like . . . I like the snow because . . .. Then there’s a question like, “I wonder why? Then it tells you a scientific answer. It’s really quite interesting. It grabbed me,” said Ethan.

“I like how they made the flap part, where they tell the real things,” said Jane.

“I like flap books, too,” said Jewel, “Because they have more room to write the questions and do the illustrations.” She went on to explain. “In the flap part they can write all the facts.”

“Like how light bounces off the snow and makes it lighter at night,” said Jane.

“And that when snowflakes are melting, it’s the best time to make a snowball,” said Pritka. “The warm heat melts the crystals and they are easier to pack together,” she explained. “Now I know why I am frustrated when I can’t make the perfect snowball,” she said with a giggle.

“Even when the snow is good, I can’t make a perfect one,” complained Ethan. “There are dents and lumps on them every time.”

I am a 5th grader and I didn’t know this much about snow until I read this book,” said Pritka.

“It taught me a lot about snow, too,” said Timmy.

“Even though I hate the cold weather, this book makes me want it to snow because I want to test out the experiments,” said Pritka.

“You’d be surprised how much you learn from picture books,” said Ethan.


FLASH MITTEN MATH: Art/Math – Addition/Subtraction

Kiddles will be “S”mitten with these Mitten Math games that they make themselves. Put them in your learning centers for learning that keeps

1.  Cut out a mitten pattern. Use the one at
     MITTEN - or make your own.
2.  Using construction paper in a variety of colors,       
     precut enough mittens so that each child has two 
3.  Write an addition problem on one side of the  
     mitten. Then write the answer on the back.
4.  Draw a squiggly line encircling the problem on the
     front and the answer on the back.
5.  Then have the children decorate the mittens, but
     be sure that they do not color inside the squiggly  
     line where the problem is written.
6.  Laminate for more durability.
7.  Repeat this project often to make an abundance of
     mitten problems for the learning center.

The mittens can be used as flash cards. One child holds a mitten up with the problem facing his/her classmates. The classmates try to call out the answer as fast as possible.

FAMILY MITTEN MATCH: Art/Math – Addition/Subtraction

1.  Place all the mittens on a table with the addition   
     problems facing up.
2.  Have children work in teams of two.
3.  Choose a “Family Name” number (ex. 7) and have       
     children race to find all the mittens with the          
     designated sum.


These games can be made to reinforce addition or subtraction skills.

(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)



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