- Author / Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
- Fantasy/ Wordless
- Grade Range/Level Recommendation: young reader (2-6 yrs.)
1982 Francis Williams Award for Illustration
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Summary: A young boy wakes up to snow and heads outside to build a snowman. He cannot sleep and goes to check on the snowman, to find it come alive. The snowman comes into the house and happily explores various parts of it. After a meal together the snowman takes the boy flying across the world to see the sun rise. They fly back. The boy goes to sleep and upon finds the snowman melted.
- Why do you think the snowman and boy flew off to see the sun rise?
- Why did the snowman climb into the freezer?
- Make a snowman in collage like this from **Crafting with Country Fun, or watercolors, or pastels
- Do a science experiment on melting – physical change of ice. This idea is from The Artful Parent.
Comment: Softness of illustrations are a nice change, provide the sense of snow and quiet. There is a short video of the book, but there are changes.
Past Project for this book ~ We had read The Snowman and decided we needed to paint a snowstorm and then make a more 2-d or collage style snowman. To get a snow storm effect we used homemade sponge stamps. Cut up old sponges and place a clip clothespin on them. The sponge provides a great texture and the clothespins are very easy for little hands to handle. A little white paint, light blue construction paper and they’re off.
To clean the sponge stamp you just rinse out the sponge pieces. The finished background was hung up to dry, so we’d be able to use it tomorrow for our snowmen.
We don’t always finish a project in one day. I think it’s good for young children to learn patience and multi-day art projects are great for this. ………next day…………..
Our backgrounds are dry, now it’s time to pull apart some quilt batting, ball it up a little and glue it down to form a circle. The children did this 3 times for a large, medium and small circle.
The snowman’s body was done.
At this time I pulled out the treasure scrap box and let the children have fun decorating their snowman, however they wanted.
I helped with cutting fabric
shapes as requested. These unique snowmen totally represent the individual children that made them.
Great finish to our snowmen this year.
Personal / PB