Tip 149: February 2021 – Snow Stories
Website Educational Tip for Language and Literacy Development
It is through stories that young children learn how to unravel life’s
complicated patterns and to understand their own and others’ culture and
values. It is important to make time each and every day to read with
children. Find books with simple sequences of events. Talk with the
children about what happens first, next, and last. Let the child tell you
the story you have just read. If the child can read, encourage them to read
the words in the story that they know by sight. Have them tell you about
their snow experiences. This will help them learn to communicate clearly
with complete thoughts.
This is an older story about a snowman by Raymond Briggs. It is a wordless
story so you can make up your own words as you follow the pictures. It has
over 175 subtly colored, neatly arranged picture frames to tell a winter
adventure shared by a little boy and a snowman that has magically come to
Rafe Martin, the author and Stephen Gammell, the illustrator’s story about
Woolly Mammoths is an interesting look back about creatures and people who
live long, long ago. It is a story with few words and colorful pictures.
Will, the main character in the story, loves Wooly Mammoths and has
fantasies of riding one in a snow storm. This is what he sees on his ride
on the back of his Mammoth.
The Black Snowman:
This Scholastic story authored by Phil Mendez and illustrated by Carole
Byard is about a scrap of cloth called a Kente, an African storytelling
shawl that has special, magical qualities. This is an unusual story which
successfully blends contemporary realism and historical fantasy.
An interesting experiment to do with young children to enjoy the wonder of
snow is to bring it inside and put it in a water table or big bucket so the
children can manipulate it. Let them make snowballs into small snowmen.
What could they use to make a face on the snowman? Put one of them in the
freezer of the refrigerator, and let one stay in the water table or bucket.
In an hour or so compare the two snowmen, the one in the freezer and the
one in the bucket. Ask the children what would they have to do to save the
one in the bucket? How could they make one of the snowmen black?
Other Snow Stories:
The following are two rhyming snowman stories you might want to read.
1. Sneezy the Snowman authored by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin.
2. How to Catch a Snowman authored by Adam Wallace and Illustrated by Andy Elkerton
Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers. (Kahlil Gibran)