Grandmother Winter – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #15

Grandmother Winter – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.


Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Grandmother Winter?

Chronological Order

– Create a timeline for the seasons and what Grandma does during each.

Figurative Language

–  “Grandmother gathers the feathers, soft as snowflakes, bright as a winter moon,” is an example of what figurative language? What figurative language is the word “shush” an example of? What figurative language does the author use to compare the quilt to the thickness of snowfall and the warmth of a flock of geese? “Winter sleeps while the days drip down like feathers.” What is this an example of?

Cause and Effect

– What happens when Grandmother shakes her quilt? Create a cause and effect flow chart for occurrences in winter.

Extension Activity
– Have students write their own figurative language examples on colored squares of paper and then join them together to make a class quilt.


Grandmother Winter can be found on Amazon click HERE

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