First Snow By Bomi Park

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Bomi Park, Author and Illustrator

Chronicle Books, Fiction, Sep. 6, 2016

Suitable for Ages: 2-5

Themes: Snow, Snowmen, Snow Angels, Inspirational

Opening: “Shhhh, listen… do you hear something? Pit, pit, pit against the window. Glistening, floating in the night.”

Synopsis: A little girl awakens to the sound of snow flakes pit patting against her window.  She quickly dresses in her boots, coat, scarf and hat and sneaks outside to the quiet hush of the snow flakes falling. She begins to roll a small snowball, which grows bigger and bigger as she wanders across the town, along rivers, through the woods, past a bear, and into an open area where a group of children are busy building snowmen and enjoying a magical day in the snow.

Why I like this book:

This enchanting and quiet book by Bomi Park captures the joy and magic a child experiences in a first snow of the season. The minimal text flows nicely, giving the black and white pencil illustrations (with a splash of red) time to draw readers deeply into the journey of a little girl rolling her snowball across town. Park’s dreamy illustrations show the simple wonderment of the story and allow readers time to imagine themselves playing in the new snow. She also uses a lot of white space and many wordless pages in this small book designed for small hands. First Snow is a perfect bedtime snuggle book. Verdict: This book will be a winner with toddlers and young children for many years to come!

Resources: When the first big snow arrives, take a walk, catch snowflakes on your tongue, build a snowman, and make snow angels. Enjoy the experience.

Bomi Park was born and lives in South Korea. First Snow is her debut picture book. It was first published in South Korea. A student of piano, psychology, and architecture, she discovered that drawing was a perfect way to communicate love to her family and friends.

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Snowmen at Night

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Caralyn Buehner, Author

Mark Buehner, Illustrator

Dial Books for Young Readers, Fiction, 2002

Suitable for:  Ages 4-7

Themes: Snowmen, Imagination, Winter

Opening/Synopsis“One wintry day I made a snowman, very round and tall.  The next day when I saw him, he was not the same at all!”   A boy builds a snowman, but the next morning his snowman has changed.  It made him wonder what snowmen do at night.  He imagines them sliding away from their homes and going to a park for a night of fun and games with other snowmen.

Why I like this book:  Written and illustrated by husband and wife team Caralyn and Mark Buehner, Snowmen at Night is a spectacular and funny book that will spark the imaginations of millions of children.  They wrote the story after they opened their front door and discovered the snowman they built the night before, had moved several yards.  They wondered…  And, so will their young readers.  This book is beautifully illustrated and kids will want to study each detail on the page.  And, Mark has hidden shapes in his winter scenes that kids will want to search for.

Resources:  When it snows, encourage your child to build a snowman, dress it up and watch each day for any changes.  Encourage them to make angels in the snow, or help them make snow ice cream.