BOOK LOOK – Owl Moon and Winter Bees

 ~ ~ ~ BOOK LOOK ~ ~ ~

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Winter Bees

poems by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen

Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews (short) and companion activity adventure list suggestions (long).

SHORT P.L.A.Y.ful story preview of Owl Moon:

Simply a Jane Yolen snowy winter classic – need I say more?

Time to suit up and make tracks in the light of the moon or snuggle up for this wonderful read.

❤ ❤ ❤ Or both! ❤ ❤ ❤

LONG P.L.A.Y.-filled companion activity adventure suggestion list for Winter Bees:

  • Challenge: Have you ever thought of bees in the snowy winter? Where do they go? Have you walked by them in the woods and not even known it?
  • Super Challenge: What other animals and insects are nearby in the winter cleverly hidden from view? How do you know? (*see snake lullaby poem!)
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Have you ever wondered how trees hang in year after year, season after season? What does the spirit and the survival of the trees tell us?

BOOK LOOK – Red Sled by Lita Judge

 ~ ~ ~ BOOK LOOK ~ ~ ~

Here’s to celebrating the 1st big snow storm of the year that dropped a whopping 20+ inches of fluffy white sledding stuff on WMass!

Time to P.L.A.Y. – Snow Day!

Then curl up with some cocoa, mini-marshmallows, and this sweet book.

Red Sled

by Lita Judge

Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.

P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

A “Scrinch, Scrunch, scrinch, scrunch,” Surprise in the Snow with a Sled – Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!

Winter Wonders & Animals in Action

Childhood Charm

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Sledding is P.L.A.Y.  for ALL AGES, big hill and little hills, will add some “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” time into your life!
  • Super Challenge: While you are out there make some tracks and create designs, or mazes, or fanciful artwork to simply enjoy or take a snapshot to share your P.L.A.Y.-filled day.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Write your own sled adventure and answer the question “Who would you like to see out your window to go sledding with?”
  • Super Spectacular Challenge: Create a friends and family event to be out in the snow under the full moon with thermoses of hot cocoa and marshmallows too!
  • Super-Duper-Spectacular Challenge: Can you spot any “smooth sled like” tracks near your home in the woods or at the local nature sanctuary? Who made these sled-like tracks? Are they near a brook, stream, or water source? What did they make this track with? Hint: Perhaps it was a Castor Canadensis that did! * See The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (here) to learn more.

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤