The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats's illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats's gentle tribute.
The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero"--yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It's as unique and special as a snowflake.
wegivebooks.org is different than the one I suggested yesterday. This site allows you to read the story to the students, giving you the chance to easily ask questions, predict, look for context clues and question their comprehension during the reading.
After the story, some of the classes then created snowflakes after. I will have to post some pictures later of that. What fun we had. One boy accidentally cut some shapes out that looked like bugs or caterpillars in the middle of his snowflakes! They were so excited, and enjoying seeing the different shapes everyone made.
So, if you haven't had the chance to go to www.wegivebooks.org, you should try it. Imagine if your school won 500 FREE books, just because you chose to read to them!! AMAZING :)
(so, if your homeschool or as a SAHM and want to read.. feel free to select my school as the school you want to add books to! We would appreciate it!! Western Oaks Elementary, zip 73008)