Saturday, December 21, 2013

Charlie's Snow Day by Ree Drummond -- ADVISABLE

Drummond, Ree Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie's Snow Day, illustrated by Diane deGroat, 32 pgs. PICTURE BOOK. HarperCollins, 2013. Content: G.

What an exciting day! Charlie the ranch dog has woken up to discover that snow fell during the night. He can't wait to go play, but it turns out that the snow is, well, cold. And deep. And hard to run in. And basically not as fun as it looks. Just as he's ready to go back inside, though, Charlie learns his friend Walter is missing -- and he's the only one who can find him. Suddenly there's something a lot more important than warming up his frozen ears and paws: saving the day.

This simple story is told in the dog's viewpoint. It would be especially good to use near the first snow of the year, when many kids charge out into the cold with enthusiasm but, like Charlie, end up overdoing it and become chilled and fatigued. Would also make a good opener to lessons about proper winter protection (hat, gloves, etc.) or overlooking temporary discomfort to help others who are in need.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn.

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