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Author: Allen Morgan

Illustrator: Brenda Clark

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Material: paperback

Summary: Sadie is frustrated when snowman after snowman melts during the winter, but as she learns through experience, she finds a way to keep the snowman all year long! This book teaches about perseverance and learning from experience.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Preschooler loved the repetitive story of building the snowman and then it's melting--and could relate it to his/her disappointment at the melting snowman in the front yard.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book has a sad edge of inevitability, but the child's clever solution, the book ends on a happy note. Knowing the ending makes it easier to get through the inevitable snowman melting!!

Pros: With the repetitive language, this will be a good learn-to-read book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. It is very inexpensive from Scholastic, but it may not grow beyond preschool years.

If You Liked This Book, Try: The Snowy Day TOTALLY POLAR   THE MITTEN; A Ukranian Folktale   ON A WINTRY MORNING

Educational Themes: Perseverance and learning from experience are key lessons in this book. Additionally, the repetitive language promotes memorization and voice-print recognition.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, seasons, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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