Monday, February 15, 2010

The Smallest Snowflake

It has been a beast of a winter on the east coast and I only live in North Carolina.  I can't imagine what it feels like to live in the Mid-Atlantic with all the snow that has fallen.  The last thing some of you want to read is a book about snow, but you might want to check this one out.

The Smallest Snowflake wants to find a special place to land.  Other snowflakes have dreams of grandeur and want to be admired above all else where they land, but the Smallest Snowflake desires something different. She continues on her trek until she finds "a little cottage with a gray slate roof and a red door." After looking inside, she realizes that this is the place for her to land.

Bernadette Watts has created a story of finding your place in the world and why you pick that particular place. The text lends itself to lessons on prediction, point of view, and personification.  The essential question for this story is to think about why the snowflake picked this spot above the others mentioned in the story.  This could lead to rich discussions about our actions and the reasons behind them. The illustrations draw you in with details and soft colors. I'm definitely not a deep philosopher, but the pictures made me think about the contrast between the natural and man-made worlds.

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