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My Snow Globe - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Staring into the swirling sparkles of a snow globe is magical and peaceful. Take a peek at how this book captures that feeling for young readers.

My Snow Globe

Written by Megan E. Bryant

Illustration by Melissa Iwai

Publisher Scholastic, Cartwheel Books imprint

Ages 2-4 years

Fiction

Themes

Winter, animals, habitat, nature, rhyming

Synopsis (From Amazon)

A charming new snow globe-inspired board book just in time for the holidays! This shaped board book looks just like a snow globe with a clear acetate window and shimmery glitter on every die-cut layered page. Kids won't be able to resist turning the pages, reading the lyrical story by Megan E. Bryant, and watching the colorful illustrations by Melissa Iwai come to life. With adorable forest animals hidden on every spread, here's a glorious gift book to treasure all throughout the snowy season.

Opening Lines

Shake, shake. Swish, swish.

Close your eyes and make a wish.

Follow the footprints in the snow

to find out where the animals go.

Why I like this book

My children and I adore snow globes; our collection fills a table every Christmas. Within the framework of a snow globe, the book looks at the habitat of six animal families. Using sparkles and rhyming, this globe-shaped, peek-through book will entice and entertain the youngest readers as they learn about animal homes during the winter. It is truly a delightful Board Book.

Related Activities

- build language skills by predicting the rhyming words.

- ask what activities the child enjoys when it snows.

- discuss the uniqueness of snow flakes, looking at the variety of flakes throughout the book.

- create your own snow globe. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-snow-globes/

or

- create a "live" snow globe by filling a box with fake snow (foam peanuts or fake "snow") and have the child move plastic animals around.

This post is a part of a series by authors and Kidlit bloggers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays. For more picture book suggestions see Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Books.

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