12 Mar 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!