(Title) This book explains why snowmen may lose their shape in an imaginitive way by saying that it is because of their nighttime adventures. At night, the snowmen slide down to the park, drink cold cocoa, race, ice skate, have a snowball fight, go sledding, and then go back home. The story is told in a narrative poetry form with ballad stanzas with the second and fourth lines rhyming. This makes the story fun to read as it allows the reader to experience the story. the overall tone of the book is lighthearted fun. The illustrations are Chalk Pastel Drawings which gives the pictures wonderful texture as well as gives great dimension to the characters and settings on the page. The perspective given in the book is up close which allows the reader to feel like they are a part of the fun as you see in the picture with the racing snowman. The story is relatable to children as they see snowmen having the same kind of fun they have in the snow but instead they do it at night. Each page is full of excitement and fun and after reading the story a child can be glad for the change of their snowman instead of sad.
This book is about A mouse names Angelina who works with her friends and cousin to put on a New Years Eve ice skating show. The illustrations are much like the illustrations on Peter Rabbit use the realism style artwork with an anthropomorphism aspect as they the where clothing and ice skate. The illustrations are colorful and charming as well as placed strategically, using the space of the page masterfully as each picture is they are framed or vignettes that are placed around the words. It is a very warm and lighthearted story with themes about friendship and creativity.
Just a Snowman is about a “critter” who gets a snow day but before he goes out to play in the the critter he has to help his little sister put on her snow clothes and shovel the driveway with his dad. After helping he and his sister go play in the snow, to go ice skating, sledding, build a snow fort and snowman, make snow angels, and ends the day making a nice cup of hot chocolate. The illustrations are a cartoon style art that are very creative and colorful. Each illustrations shows the main characters but also have sub-characters such as a cat, mouse and spider that also share in the fun and add a sense of humor to the story and pictures. The illustrations are also very detailed which also makes them look cluttered.
This 1999 Caldecott Medal award winning picture book is about a boy named Wilson Bentley who loves the snow and uses a microscope given to him by his mother to look at snowflakes and becomes the first to photograph them. The story uses simile as the text explains that Wilson catches butterflies and likens snowflakes to butterflies which he catches and explores both. Because this book is based on a real person, little inserts about him and his work are provided throughout the book. The illustrations are created using a graphic technique with beautiful woodblocks. The theme of exploration is developed as Wilson investigates the wonders of nature from an early age. The book is as wonderful and unique as the snowflakes Wilson photographs. Children love true stories as well as ones about children who are just as curious about nature and world as they are. They also can be ispired to go and explore nature as well.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is about a young boy named Peter who and an adventurous snow day by making snow footprints,a smiling snowman, and snow angels, pretending to be a mountain climber and taking a snowball home with him. The illustrations are a Mixed media collage style artwork that uses vibrant but not over stimulating use of color. The pictures shows diversity as the character of the young boy is African American but the text does not discuss race or culture. The overall tone gives a sense of wonderment, joy, and fun. The book is a joy to read and warms the heart. It won the Caldecott Medal award in 1963.
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