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Slice of Life: This Book is a New Favorite #SOL18 #IMWAYR

Since Wolf in the Snow won the Caldecott Medal in February, I have been sharing it with teachers and students.  I fell in love with this book the moment  I read it and quickly added it to several text sets: the power of choice, traditional tales, point of view, acceptance, and wordless books. Then I started sharing it in demonstration lessons. I love when I have an opportunity to see a new book through the eyes of teachers and students.  I always hear new perspectives and grow my thinking about the book.

Here are some questions readers asked that made me think about this book in new ways:

Is someone watching them through binoculars?

Why was she walking alone?

Why did the author make the animal a wolf?

Is this a traditional tale? 

Do you think it is a version of Little Red Riding Hood?

Why are there so many circles in the book?  Why is it a repeated shape in many pictures?

What is the role of the dog?

Why is the owl only on one page?

Why didn’t the person in yellow come too?

Why is it titled Wolf in the Snow rather than Girl and Wolf in the Snow?

 As you can tell, this practically wordless book is talk-worthy.  It inspires more questions than answers.  Wolf in the Snow is a mentor text to be read, discussed, and studied again and again.

Writers will study the illustrations to learn how to express emotion, dialogue, and action through pictures.  Cordell’s illustrations are simple enough for students to see the moves he makes and to try to use them in their own writing.  The use of color is purposeful and add a layer of meaning throughout the text. Students will love studying and trying this out in their own writing.

We think this book can be used in grades K-6.  The discussions will grow with the age and experience of the readers.  It is one we will always have packed in our coaching bag!  For more information on the author and the creation of this book, check out Cordell’s blog post.

Oh, and don’t forget to “undress” it to reveal what’s under the cover!   Thanks, Mr. Schu for teaching us to always “undress” our books!

13 Comments
  • Susan
    Posted at 09:59h, 12 March Reply

    Can’t wait to get to school to look under the cover. This book is in my favorites bin too.

  • Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 10:21h, 12 March Reply

    I love when I have an opportunity to see a new book through the eyes of teachers and students. I always hear new perspectives and grow my thinking about the book.
    Yes! Many times student thinking is so deep and impactful m. Their thinking is often deeper than I would ever have considered.
    And thank you for reminding me to undress a book.

  • Erika Victor
    Posted at 11:01h, 12 March Reply

    I love the book too and enjoyed reading the thoughts you had gathered. I love all the ways you are using it.

  • Aileen Hower
    Posted at 12:09h, 12 March Reply

    I’m so glad I stopped here today. I am going to use this as a KSRA Children’s Lit Friday post. Thank you!

  • Lisa Keeler
    Posted at 12:15h, 12 March Reply

    I love love love this post and the questions around the book. So much thinking to do around those questions.

  • Amanda Potts
    Posted at 12:59h, 12 March Reply

    I cannot wait to read this book! I just put it on hold at our local library so that my kids and I can read it. And I’ve never heard of “undressing” a book before. I love that, too! Good thing this high school teacher is getting to read so many elementary teachers’ posts – I’ve learned an enormous amount in just 12 days!

  • Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 15:57h, 12 March Reply

    I look forward to sharing this book with my grandchildren, too! So many thoughtful questions posed by your audiences…I can’t wait to see what my boys have to say. I’ll let you know. Thanks, Clare.

  • Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 19:46h, 12 March Reply

    As I begin to get back into reading children’s books, thanks for reminding me about this book. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet, but it just got moved up on my TBR list!

  • Lynne R Dorfman
    Posted at 23:28h, 12 March Reply

    I love this book, too, but now I am going to read it with new eyes. Great questions. And i will have to remove the book jacket to see what is there! A great book review, Clare!

  • Natash Domina
    Posted at 23:58h, 12 March Reply

    Wow! What interesting questions. It makes me want to get the book to talk about with my class. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kendra Limback
    Posted at 00:35h, 13 March Reply

    Thank you for this recommendation. I will definitely be doing some book shopping this week on spring break! I’ll be looking for this one!

  • Michelle Nero
    Posted at 02:06h, 13 March Reply

    Oh, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Thanks for the recommendation and all the ideas! I wonder what questions the kids would come up with ….

  • Dani Burtsfield
    Posted at 02:06h, 13 March Reply

    I discovered this book early in the year and my kinders LOVED it. The list of questions you shared from readers was especially enlightening. I feel a reread coming on!

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