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FIRST SNOW IN THE WOODS

Author: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

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Publisher: Carl R. Sam II Photography, Inc. ©2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: An owl knows the signal. When the northern lights become more muted, the season is about to change. His hoots are among the many signs that winter is on its way. From woolly bear caterpillars and dragonflies, to monarchs and deer, the animals begin to prepare for the cold months ahead. This is a narrated photo-story of how animals prepare for winter.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, independent reading, early reader chapter book, read aloud book, reluctant reader, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 4.3

Age of Child: Started reading with 6½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Because she loves Lost in the Woods, our daughter immediately wanted to give each animal a personality, including their accents. She liked exploring the pictures and describing what she saw.

Adult Reader Reaction: As always, the pictures are exquisite. It is fun for us to watch our daughter draw out her own story, not just wait for us to recite words. Although it offers great reading practice for her, it would probably last longer as a favorite had we read it when she was still 4 or 5.

Pros: Kids who love animals will enjoy looking at these closeup photographs and listening to them tell a story about winter.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The pictures are just beautiful, and they offer enough transition that kids could create their own story from the images.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LOST IN THE WOOD   A SIMPLE BROWN LEAF   TORINA'S WORLD: A CHILD'S LIFE IN MADAGASCAR

Educational Themes: The text offers some clues and lets you talk about each animal's ritual. Explore the photographs to talk about what you see. For younger children, draw out colors (fall is always colorful), weather, and animal habitat.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.3

2008 Moonbeam Gold Medal (Picture Book - All Ages)

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, photography, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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