Sunday, January 11, 2009


Jane Yolen's book, "Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children", is rich with short, easy to recite poems about the snow. Beautiful color photographs capture the different moods of snow presented in different locations. This entire book is a work of art, as the layouts vary to add variety to the mostly white images and black text and the poems so perfectly express the picture they are pared with.

Make snowflake people puppets to recite one of Ms.Yolen’s short winter poems. Or after reading the book of winter poems, go out and take snow pictures of your own. Create your own short poem and have your snow puppet recite it to the class.

Make your puppet by first making both large and small snow flakes. Cut out and color a simple boy template with legs wide apart and a girl template wearing a skirt. Use the large snowflakes for the legs and skirt, and use the small snowflakes as hands and hair. Put the puppet on a twig or stick and you’re ready for a puppet poem recital.

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Daniel G. O'Leary said...

What a terrific idea! I'll have to pass it on! Have a great day!

kathy stemke said...

Thanks Daniel!

Dr. Alice said...

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