‘Frosty the Snow Man’ – Look at this Book!

* 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!

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Today’s Great Book:  Frosty the Snow Man by Annie North Bedford and illustrated by Corinne Malvern (1972, Little Golden Books)

Time to Read:  short and sweet for bedtime or anytime

Summary:  From goodreads.com…Everyone’s favorite snowman with a magic hat, a button nose, and eyes made out of coal comes to life on Christmas every year.

Best Quote:  “And the magical part was that while they were with Frosty, the children could stay out and play in the snow and never get shivery cold.”

Our View:  There are three things I cherish from my childhood and that my mom treasured for me until I became a father and she handed them all over to me – Star Wars people, Hot Wheels, and Little Golden Books.  Today’s special book comes from that last group and is the original Frosty the Snow Man, the very first version of this story I ever heard as a child.  It was first printed in 1951 and I received this 1972 edition when I was in the first grade and played Frosty in the school Christmas program.  I loved that story and loved that song and always felt some genuine grief when Frosty melted as he said, “I’ll be back again someday.”  I can honestly say that I think in all the years we have built snowmen, I think of this story at least once during their creation!  This book version of the story is great, with a little more information and good illustrations that give you a sense that you are reading something of a true American holiday classic.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “The Popcorn Man Mix” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.

‘Sadie and the Snowman’ – Look at this Book!

* 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!

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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.