Okay, so it isn't actually Monday anymore. But between my actual job and the seasonal upswing in business in the shop, yesterday turned into a much busier Monday than I had planned for or can generally manage to enjoy. I pretty much stumbled into bed last night without thoughts of blogging. Probably like normal people do.
Anyway, this week marks the arrival of our first real snow of the season and I must say, I find myself much more enthusiastic than expected. It's just so very pretty and I love how it makes the whole world seem a little more still and makes everything quiet. Especially in the evenings. I had wanted to share some of our favorite reads for snowy weather this week, so how about we pretend it's still Monday? Just for a few minutes.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin with pictures by Mary Azarian.
This one is a very popular title in the local schools. Bentley was a Vermonter, born and raised in a small town not far from Burlington. He was also singularly obsessed with the beauty of the snowflake, and spent his entire life and all of his creative energy trying to figure out how to take a perfect picture of a perfect snowflake. A professor of Dan's from the medical school has some Snowflake Bentley originals which I had a chance to take a peek at awhile back. They are amazing and certainly a reminder of just how remarkable snowflakes are, even when you are needing to leave the house fifteen minutes early each morning to move them out of your driveway.
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder with pictures by Helen K. Davie. A
Animals in Winter seems to be that book that always pops up in blog posts around this time of year when parents and teachers start sharing what they are reading to their small people. With good reason. What animals manage to do all winter long is a topic of great interest to kids and grown-ups alike, especially when you've watched squirrels, chipmunks, mice and others have such busy, busy fall seasons only to have them entirely disappear at the first sign of snow. This book is a solid example of non-fiction for children. Informative, easy to understand, beautifully illustrated. A great staple for the winter book basket.
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
In mentioning the incredible classic of winter, snow and cold, The Tomten, I should also note that this one gets a funny reception at our house. I love it, and Mariam likes to talk about it, but she won't let me read it to her. For some reason, she finds The Tomten to be a little creepy. I think I may have ruined her with an audiobook version where he has a weird voice. Anyway, I certainly wish that I got to read this one more often, so you should do it for me! The story of an elf man who wanders the farm he calls home during the snowy nights, protecting the animals and people who live there, The Tomten is one of those books that manages to make you feel as though you have suddenly landed inside of it.
Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book by Cynthia Rylant.
This one has had longstanding popularity and staying power around our house. Mariam loves pretty much anything Cynthia Rylant has ever written, and Mr. Putter and Tabby books are particular favorites. In this volume, the first big snow of the winter arrives and Mr. Putter has big plans to use his indoor hours to become a writer of mystery novels. Instead, he ends up cooking a lot of food, taking more than a few naps and deciding that what he really likes best is just to use his quiet time thinking about what he really likes best. This is a sweet and funny book and definitely worth a read or two.
Brave Irene by William Steig.
Brave Irene might well be in a class all of its own. An incredible book about bravery, love and determination, this one is on my list of books never to be missed. This book has been much loved at our house for many years now, and did get a proper Library Monday treatment nearly two years (!) ago. You can read it here.
I feel like I could keep going here, but I think that there is also some sort of idea about getting dressed and going to work. Oh, and I should probably wake up my girl and get her ready for school. Also, I can't find that handy tool that scrapes all the snow off my windshield so I've got to do something about that. Hmn. Perhaps you all can help expand my winter reading list for me. What are your favorite reads when the weather turns cold where you are?