* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page. To celebrate the holiday season, we are reviewing a great Christmas book every Tuesday this month!
Today’s Great Book: Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan and illustrated by Brenda Clark (1985, Scholastic)
Time to Read: short and sweet for bedtime or anytime
Summary: From the back of the book…Sadie made a really good snowman. And he lasted for a long, long time.
Best Quote: “The sun kept coming out and the snowman kept melting. But there was always enough of the snowman left to start all over again.”
Our View: Our oldest was a kindergartner at Christmas in the year 2000 when she received this outstanding winter children’s book from her excellent teachers, Connie Westhof and her assistant Marilyn Oldfield. We read it throughout the season and have returned to its comforting story every winter since. The story follows a little girl through a wonderfully instructive time in which she makes her first snowman (the illustrations are perfect for enhancing this learning aspect of the story). As the season moves along, she discovers a way to keep her snowman year-round. When summer comes, she fondly remembers the experience of creating the snowmen. It is a wonderfully simple idea that is common to so many young children and its instructive style really is helpful in bringing a young child along in their thinking about time and change and memory. Sadie and the Snowman is a wintertime classic here at our house.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “We All Scream for Snow Cream!” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.