The Snowy Day

An education in books would not be complete without multiple readings of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Peter enjoys a day in the snow by himself, and also discovers the elusive qualities of snow when he tries to keep a snowball in the house.

Copy Peter’s actions when you go outside with your kids.  Form a line, and do everything he did.  Take a snowball inside and watch it melt.  Talk about the awe of waking up to a snow-covered world.

If you live in a warm climate, use this book to talk about weather, climates, snow.  Make some snow with a snow cone machine and use miniature people to mimic Peter’s actions.

Then brainstorm types of weather.  Give children a title with different weather patterns from your brainstormed list, such as “The Rainy Day” or “The Windy Day” and have them write a story with Peter on that type of day.  Or pick a favorite title and write one together as a class.  Hmmm, what would Peter do on an icy day?


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to The Snowy Day

  1. Jim B says:

    Thanks for the review. My daughters loved this book when they were young.
    Keep up the great posts.

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