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Author: Carl R Sams II and Jean Stoic

Illustrator: Carl R. Samms II and Jean Stoick

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Publisher: Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: This photo-book story captures the interaction between the animals in winter and a snowman enjoying a day in the woods. This is a board-book version of Stranger in the Woods

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 3 1/2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler LOVED this book. It transitioned quickly from being a favorite read for Mom and Dad to read, to one s/he wants to "read" herself. All her bedroom friends have been introduced to the friends in the wood.

Adult Reader Reaction: The photography is stunning. After lots of readings you begin to realize how many "takes" the story must have gone through … making it worthwhile for the adults, too.

Pros: The story is simply presented and the authors often let the pictures speak for themselves.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! And buy Stranger in the Woods, too. This version offers great learning and enjoyment opportunities.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ON A WINTRY MORNING   THE SNOWMAN (activity book)   THE SNOWY DAY

Educational Themes: There are infinite possibilities for object identification and learning: winter, animals, clothing, "body" parts, colors.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, animals

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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