It is currently about 11 degrees here in Central Ohio, and we have a bunch of snow from yesterday's storm. It was so pretty, but very cold, this morning & Little Dude and I just sat on the couch and watched the beautiful soft light of a mid-December sunrise. Tiny snowflakes were gently falling & it was so cozy & wintry. He & I were just chatting & he asked about "Crawly," his woolly bear. Did I blog about our woolly bears? I can't remember, but in case I didn't, we currently have 2 woolly bear caterpillars hibernating at our residence. I explained to Little Dude that Crawly is hibernating, and I couldn't help but think of this week's Book Nook book.
When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator is a sweet book about what various animals do when the snow starts to fall. Throughout the book, there is a very catchy phrase that keeps repeating: "what if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go?" And then each animal tells us how/where it hibernates. Or maybe not - some animals (like the barnyard animals featured) just hang out in a warm place. Did you know that turtles and frogs go deep into the mud to hibernate? I didn't know that & had never really thought about what they do in the Winter. Or how about stoats? What's a stoat, you ask....check out this link. There's lots of great information in this book, so even adults can learn a thing or two here - I did!
There is a little boy we catch glimpses of throughout the book & at the end, he gets a chance to tell us what he does when it snows.
I just love the illustrations, done by Martin Matje. All of his animals are interesting to look at & cute, but not over-the-top cute. I like the fact that there's a great deal of browns & grays, along with the white snow. It feels just like a cold, snowy day. Just like the one we experienced yesterday, as a matter of fact!
This is a very timely read about animals in the Winter. I really like how the book approaches the subject - the rhyming words and variety of animals in it are just right for little ones. Read it to your child on a cold, blustery day (while all the woolly bears snooze away)!