When Winter Comes
by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by Susan Gaber
This beautiful lullaby picture book is by Nancy Van Laan, author of many children’s books including Rainbow Crow. The illustrations by Susan Gaber will engage the children as they explore thinking about where leaves, animals, and fish “go” during the winter.
Although we had snow in Minnesota this fall, none of of it stayed . . . until now! We were just treated to several days of such nice weather jackets were almost unnecessary. Of course, we knew it wouldn’t last, and it didn’t. Children wonder what happens to caterpillars, flowers, and songbirds during the winter. In this story, a child and his parents walk through a snowfall as he asks such questions. Where does that little one go by the end of the story? To sleep! This is a perfect bedtime story for winter nights.
The two-page spread illustrations so nicely capture a soft snowfall so that your children or students may wish to apprentice themselves to the art and try making a snowy picture. There are different perspectives such as close up, looking up at the family from the bottom of a lake near fish, and even far away. The illustrations may inspire the children to try drawing from a different viewpoint themselves.
My freebie today has differentiation for different versions of the activity to make snow people. Select the directions pages that fit your children or students.
I added this freebie to the Teacher blog Addict Friday Freebie Linky today.
Happy winter! Carolyn