Hello, again, dear readers! Jess here. It’s Monday, so you know what that means…time for another edition of “Page-Turning Mondays!” Ok, yes, I admit….I haven’t done a “Page-Turning” post since November. I’m so sorry!! So, to make up for that, we’ll be having TWO wonderful book reviews today!! Read on!
Last Friday, we had a nice snow day in our lovely neck of the woods. Not much accumulation, but it was so very nice to be inside a cozy warm house by the fire and watch the flakes fall. And, of course, the boys were beside themselves with excitement over the potential fun to be had in the snow. And as the snow came down, out came our snow/winter books. They’ve actually been out for a while now, and the boys have lots of fun reading and looking through them. So, as you may have surmised, our theme for this month’s “Page-Turning” post is SNOW!! We do have some favorites, and I’ll tell you about one of those now.
Our first book is The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
This book has been around for many years, and is a classic. Some very dear friends of ours gave this book to Aidan for his 2nd birthday, and we’ve been reading it ever since. Really, we read it year ‘round. Now, Little Brother loves it, so we’re reading it even MORE (it’s a great story, and I love the illustrations, so no complaints from this mama!). The plot follows a little boy named Peter as he ventures out into his neighborhood on a snowy day. From making tracks in the snow to pretending to be a mountain climber, the sweet simplicity and innocence of this story makes it an instant hit with kids (of all ages!). We read this Friday night before bed, and on Saturday morning, when we went out to play in the snow, the boys had a lot of fun pretending to be Peter. They made tracks in the snow, found sticks that were “just right for smacking a snow covered tree”, and made snow angels. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed hearing them say, “I’m doing/making _______, just like Peter did in The Snowy Day!” I hope this story becomes one of your family’s favorite, too!
Our second book is Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner.
I first heard of this book back in my B.C. (Before Children) days of teaching preschool. I loved the pictures, and the sweet rhyming story of what snowmen really do at night when we are asleep. The story begins with a little boy noticing some big changes in his snowman, and then his imagination takes flight as he wonders…”what do snowmen do at night?”. I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to read this to my own children someday”, and now, happily, that time has come. And I’m so glad that they do love it as much as I do! It’s always so special to be able to share beloved books with your own children and watch their expressions as they listen with wonder as you read aloud to them. I know it’s a special time in our home! I recently borrowed this book from our public library, and I hope to get it one day to add to our home library. We do own a companion book to Snowmen at Night, called Snowmen at Christmas. It’s basically very similar to Snowmen at Night, but with a Christmas twist. The boys and I really loved reading that one during the holidays. There are so many snowman crafts out there if you search the web or, my personal favorite, Pinterest. I’m sure you can find a fun craft to do to accompany this story, if you wish.
I hope y’all have enjoyed these reviews. Snuggle up with your kiddos and a cup of hot chocolate, and get busy reading! And, please share YOUR favorite snow/winter books with us! I know I’m always looking for a new adventure to take or a new world to explore! Happy reading, friends!