Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winter Isn't Over on December 26th

We still have January and February to go. My middle son reminds me everyday when we walk outside, "It is still winter. It is Monday." I guess Monday equals winter in his mind. It'll be a long Monday then.

There is a tendency to clean up the Christmas decor and think spring is soon to arrive, but it isn't. Our chances of snow and ice still exist, and that is why I'm excited to share these three children's books with you!

Love, love, love this book. It has beautiful pictures, great word images, and a touch of humor that is perfect and engaging for the preschool mind! Sebastian Meschenmoser is the author. His first book is titled Learning to Fly, and I'm planning to put it on hold at the library.

Basically three woodland friends are waiting for the first snow to arrive, but none of them have seen it....they know that "snow is white and wet and cold and soft." They come up with all sorts of clever things to pass the time as they wait for the first sign of snow. Finally they are sure they've found the first snowflake. But have they?

My other two favorite winter stories are quite old. Katy and The Big Snow was published in 1943 and White Snow Bright Snow was first printed in 1947. These are must haves for a true lover of children's books. Both are art in illustrations and in words. They capture the essence of snow and its anticipation and joy perfectly. I get all giddy and excited when I read these two to my children. And even though they are a bit wordy, compared to many of today's reads, they hold my sons' attentions and capture something lost in this new age of busy.

I'm bummed I was unable to share images from these books with you, so please follow the links. And please, check them out at your local library. I'm sad to return mine tomorrow.

Hoping for piles of the white stuff!


JoeyRes said...

Those look like lovely winter choices. It is going to be a long winter - the snow and cold haven't let up yet. I hope we get some spring by March!

Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

Yes, winter has just begun! I really like your new banner picture.

Rebekah said...

Sarah, my banner pictures is totally classic. Sums moments of my life up. We just wanted the PREFECT family shot. was. :)

marilyn said...

I love the two older books. Remember reading them every year in my classroom and painting "snowy road" pictures for art project.