The Perfect Snowflake- Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books
Description from Amazon:
Featuring beautiful illustrations with a sparkly, eye-catching cover that kids will love, this fun story explores the magic of snow! At the end of the book, kids are given instructions on how to create a paper snowflake of their very own. The perfect mix of reading skill development and creativity, this book is a wonderful way to get the whole family involved in engaging early readers.
Literary Skills that can be taught with the book The Perfect Snowflake?
- Why would the author use the word “magical” to describe snow?
- What imagery does the words “swirled and twirled” give to the snowflakes?
- What sense is used to draw imagery from the phrase “sparkly diamonds”?
- What does Emma mean by “They shimmered in the light like sparkly diamonds”? What type of figurative language is this?
- What figuraCve language allows snowflakes to “dance in the sky”? Explain
- “Real snowflakes dazzle like diamonds in the snow!” This is an example of what figurative language? Why would the author describe snowflakes in this way?
- What can we infer about Emma that she has never seen snow before?
- How do you think Emma felt when she went outside the next day to find the snow melted?
- Why did Emma’s mother make the paper snowflake?
- Have students create their own snowflake.
- They could all copy the template from the book for the same snowflake or have them create their own for a variety
- Students could write wishes on them, for example: of something they have never done, like Emma having never played in the snow
- Winter Project: Hang them around the room in anCcipaCon of a snow day
Poem: “Cynthia in the Snow” by Gwendolyn Brooks