I accidentally* came across the most marvelous book last weekend.
*If accidentally means that I was looking for Caldecott Honor books that contain many “s” sounds.
This is a seasonal book full of amazing illustrations, simple prose, and many opportunities for speech activities.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz (and since I discovered he has written/illustrated several Caldecott Honor books, I may do more reviews about his works!)
Although our NorthWest weather is turning spring-like (read: rain), and crocuses (or it is crocii?) are popping up from the ground, it is still technically winter. And I know some less fortunate areas of the world are living amidst a cold, white background. This book is appropriate all year long.
It is a simple story of a little boy who declares that “It’s snowing”, in spite of the adults’ disclaimers that it will never last. But it does. Together, the boy, his dog, and some magical creatures begin floating, falling, circling, dancing. They come alive in the wonder of winter.
Speech Therapy Ideas
1. For kids with limited verbal skills, use a template (such as the one below) to help the child participate in the book reading. They can point to the appropriate pictures as they are read in the book, or if developed for a Voice Output device, the child can actually help read along.
2. Practice “ing” verbs. There are a myriad of “ing” words to describe what the snow is doing: snowing, circling, swirling, spinning, twirling, dancing, playing, floating.
3. Practice /sn/ blends. I have several students who leave the /s/ off of blend words. This book provides a great time to practice those words, as it is clear that the story is not about “no”. Have them repeat the word over and over after the narrative. Help them to read all the “snow” words aloud with good sounds.
4. Make snowflakes together. I found a great resource for easily making gorgeous snowflakes. Yep, even I can do it. Check out these beauties:
As you are making the snowflakes, have the child work on following directions, sequencing, and retelling directions. Afterward, have them retell all the directions to another family member to see how accurately they can remember the steps and vocabulary.
Enjoy this magical book together!