Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
picture book, winter, mock-caldecott 2016
Lumphy, the stuffed buffalo, StingRay, the plush stingray, and Plastic, the rubber ball, are sitting on the windowsill watching the first snow of the year. They try to understand what they are seeing. StingRay is poetic comparing the snow to a blanket of peace and the snowflake to a ballerina dancing through the air. Plastic is the intellectual explaining that snow is rain that freezes when it gets cold enough.
They venture out into the snow to examine it more closely. They build a snowman and make snow angels. They find icicles and frozen puddles before watching the sun set. Their day of adventure comes to an end in their warm and dry house.
“Outside, the tiny ballerinas have made a blanket of peace over the world. The strawberry-syrup sun has gone down. And yes, the world is sweet.”
I really loved this book. I am unfamiliar with the other books in the Toys series and can’t wait to check them out!
Jenkins and Zelinsky truly capture the curiosity and awe of a child seeing their first snow. I really appreciate the balance of StingRay’s flourid descriptions of the beauty of the snow and Plastic’s more concrete information. At the end of the day, we see that the ground can be covered with frozen water AND a blanket of peace. There is something magical about watching it snow!
I can see sharing this at storytime with another winter theme book and then having some STEM related activities on the science of snow. Here are a couple of ideas:
This is a great book to share as we come closer to winter!