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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

In honor of my upcoming Blogoversary, here is my very first post. Again. I’m so proud!

One of my earliest recollections of books is The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. I’m sure I’ve read it a million and half times since.  How delightful it was (and still is) to read a book and see a child who resembles me!  Back then I don’t recall there being too many books with children any color other than white.  Currently, the situation has improved but still can make more improvements.  Not only is The Snowy Day a wonderful book because it features a child of color, it is also a wonderful book because the story is gently told, easy to read, and visually appealing.  The story appeals to children of all ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds because any child can find something about the story to relate to. Perhaps the child is preschool age and they can relate to young Peter’s discoveries outside by himself because he’s a big boy.  Older children can relate to the story because the words are easy enough for them to read for themselves.  Other children might be able to relate because they’ve made snow angels or because they live in an apartment like Peter or because their mother’s make them take a bath after playing outside.  I believe the possibilities of comparison are limitless.

The story appeals to children of all ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds because any child can find something about the story to relate to. Perhaps the child is preschool age and they can relate to young Peter’s discoveries outside by himself because he’s a big boy.  Older children can relate to the story because the words are easy enough for them to read for themselves.  Other children might be able to relate because they’ve made snow angels or because they live in an apartment like Peter or because their mother’s make them take a bath after playing outside.  I believe the possibilities of comparison are limitless.

How shocked I am to discover that Ezra Jack Keats was not African American!  I never bothered to check the author’s ethnicity because I just assumed he was African American given the multicultural nature of his books.  Keats, in fact, is of Jewish descent and grew up in Depression Era New York City.  It is perhaps this upbringing that helped Keats understand the plight of the non-mainstream child.

If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at this book, pull it out and enjoy it, I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

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Children

I Officially Want a Yeti, Thanks to Mary Anne Fraser’s No Yeti Yet

I know it’s not winter yet but you’ve got to see this cute little book called No Yeti Yet by Mary Anne Fraser! Here’s my video review.

Now I want a yeti! You will LOVE this book! Peter Pauper Press does it again. Say that three times fast!

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Books Children Reviews

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

In honor of my Blogoversary, here is my very first post. Again. I’m so proud!

Today marks the opening of my new blog.  I am cross posting this book review in hopes that you will pay me some bloggy love! Oh by the way, here is the link to my new blog: http://unconventionallibrarian.com.

One of my earliest recollections of books is The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. I’m sure I’ve read it a million and half times since.  How delightful it was (and still is) to read a book and see a child who resembles me!  Back then I don’t recall there being too many books with children any color other than white.  Currently, the situation has improved but still can make more improvements.  Not only is The Snowy Day a wonderful book because it features a child of color, it is also a wonderful book because the story is gently told, easy to read, and visually appealing.  The story appeals to children of all ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds because any child can find something about the story to relate to. Perhaps the child is preschool age and they can relate to young Peter’s discoveries outside by himself because he’s a big boy.  Older children can relate to the story because the words are easy enough for them to read for themselves.  Other children might be able to relate because they’ve made snow angels or because they live in an apartment like Peter or because their mother’s make them take a bath after playing outside.  I believe the possibilities of comparison are limitless.

How shocked I am to discover that Ezra Jack Keats was not African American!  I never bothered to check the author’s ethnicity because I just assumed he was African American given the multicultural nature of his books.  Keats, in fact, is of Jewish descent and grew up in Depression Era New York City.  It is perhaps this upbringing that helped Keats understand the plight of the non mainstream child.

If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at this book, pull it out and enjoy it, I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

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Books

Winter Rhyming books

I’m reposting this because even though we haven’t had much of a winter this year, it is still fun to read about winter.

It’s winter and soon we’ll be covered in snow day to day and kids love winter activities!  After playing in the snow, curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket and  read these to your little one:

The Snow Ball by  David Steinberg

I always lean toward books with animals when searching for resources for little ones;

children relate to animals and there is no fear of them feeling like an outsider because

the character depicted is not of the same color.

Here’s a peek inside the book:

“Bears go flopping on the ice for a ride,

Balumping on their bellies, going slipidee-sleeeeeede!

Next skit-skat-skadoodle up to icicle Hall

Where little bears gather for a Snow Day ball!”

cute, huh?

Another fun reading choice for a post sledding activity is

There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

“There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow.

I don’t know why she swallowed some snow.

Perhaps you know.”

Since the rhyme is familiar, children will easily be able to help read along.

I wish this series did a better job depicting people of other colors, however,

It’s funny and gross at the same time, which kids love!

I give these two books for the younger set 3 paws.

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Books

Winter Resources for the Little Ones II

Just in case you missed these cuties,

here they are again!

Here are some picture books that I think are just perfect for winter or winter in July!

All you need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

the book is darling, however, limited multiculturally.

I like that the words are repetitive and the Little ones listening can anticipate and call out what comes next…

The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler

This book is awesome because even though the main character is told she’s too little,

she makes the best snowman ever which should be inspiring for the littlest readers (listeners)!

Of course Jan Brett’s The Mitten would make my list!

Animals and old world charm are delightful.

and FINALLY

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Goes without saying, right?

enjoy!

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poems

The More it Snows (Tiddely-pom)

The more it snows (Tiddely pom),
The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
On snowing. And nobody knows (Tiddely pom),
How cold my toes (Tiddely pom),
How cold my toes (Tiddely pom),
Are growing.
Winnie the Pooh
The House at Pooh Corner

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NaBloPoMo resources

Winter Resources for the Little Ones

Here are some resources about winter that I think are especially fun:

THE MITTEN (tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The mitten on the ground.
The mitten on the ground.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The mitten on the ground.

The (mole) snuggles in.
The (mole) snuggles in.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.)

Mitten Music
(Where has my little dog gone)    by Jean Rogers

Oh where, oh where did my NEW mittens go?
Oh where, oh where can they be?
Oh, I have looked high and I have looked low.
Oh where, oh where can they be?

sing and replace “NEW”  with old, soft, warm, red, blue, etc.

ENJOY!