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Cozy New Winter Picture Books

October 30, 2011

Gobble Gobble
written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell
Dawn Publications, 2011
picture book

A young girl sees a flock of turkeys throughout the different seasons of the year. In the spring, turkeys preen and in summer, turkey babies are born. In autumn, turkeys look for food. In winter, cold winds blow and turkeys roost up in the trees. The book finishes with a note from the girl, Jenny, animal tracks to identify, and Jenny’s fun things to do.

Over and Under the Snow
written by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Chronicle Books, 2011
picture book

With brown blue and white as the prominent colors, a  young girl and her father ski into the snowy words. She watches as a red squirrel disappears and we see his burrowed hole under the snow in the secret kingdom where the small forest animals live. As she skis, we see a shrew, a mouse, a vole in their underground homes. I love that the story ends with the girl snuggling under her blankets, dreaming of the forest animals as constellations in the sky. Messner includes a note about the subnivean zone, and the animals who live there plus books and websites for more information.

Book Play: Learn more about the animals that hibernate in winter under the snow. Have a hibernation day like this preschool.

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