Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!
You know, there’s nothing the WeatherFolk like better than drama!
They are never happier than when they can use words like “hurricane”, “tornado”, and “polar vortex”!
They love prompting you in urgent tones to make sure you’re stocked up on batteries, bottled water, canned goods, flashlights, and toilet paper 🙂 (I don’t know why they never mention chocolate… seems to me that should be right up there at the top of the list!)
They love predicting that holiday travel will be nightmarish. It warms them to the cockles of their weather-beatin’ little hearts 🙂
So, in my neck of the woods, the headlines for the next couple days read:
SNOW IN NORTHEASTERN US AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE UP TO 50 DEGREES THIS WEEKEND!!!
As writers, we can all appreciate the WeatherFolks’ use of
exaggeration evocative verbiage 🙂 I believe the content of the article suggests that some places may see a dusting of snow and it’s going to be a wee bit colder over the weekend than it was this unusually warm past week 🙂 But it just sounds so much more interesting when they say the temperature is going to “plunge 50 degrees,” doesn’t it? Kinda makes you want to stock up on toilet paper… in case you need to wrap yourself in it to stay warm… 🙂
Anyway, speaking of snow, look at this wonderful book!
Title: Waiting For Snow
Written By: Marsha Diane Arnold
Illustrated By: Renata Liwska
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 1, 2016, fiction
Suitable For Ages: publisher says 4-7… I think 3-6/7
Themes/Topics: patience, seasons (winter), snow, friendship
Opening: “Hedgehog found Badger staring at the sky.
“What are you doing, Badger?”
“Waiting for snow. It’s winter and I haven’t seen one snowflake.””
Brief Synopsis: Poor Badger is desperate for snow, but no matter what he does the weather won’t cooperate. Hedgehog assures him that everything comes in its own time, but oh! it’s so hard to wait!!!
Links To Resources: waiting is hard, and kids have to do a lot of it! Have your kids/students make a list of things they have to wait for, or draw a picture of something they’re waiting for; 10 Ways To Play With Kids While You’re Waiting; 12 Games To Play While You Wait
Why I Like This Book: If you’ve ever had a kid… or been a kid… or, well, you’re anyone living life on this earth 🙂 you’ve had to wait for things and you know how hard it is! (er, ahem, writers… agency and/or publishing contracts…! Am I right? 🙂 ) This sweet, funny, and beautiful book is about a little badger who is waiting for snow. He and his friends try everything they can think of to hurry it along but, as is so often the case when you really want something to happen, nothing works. What he learns in the meantime is the value of good friends. What he learns in the end is that everything happens in its own time. I think we can all take a lesson from Badger’s experience 🙂 The soft, fuzzy art is the perfect complement to the text – endearing, engaging, sweet!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂