We searched for a few picture books that showed deer in the snow. Here are some we found and enjoyed:
Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick. Carl R. Sams II Photography (November 1999); 48 pages; ISBN 9780967174808
Stranger in the Woods was our favorite book this past week. The book features actual photographs of various wildlife exploring the woods during the wintertime, including a buck, a doe and a fawn. The wildlife in the woods all wonder about a new stranger that suddenly appeared and argue who should be the first to investigate. The enticing stranger is a snowman wearing a red hat holding birdseed and showing off his long carrot nose. Later in the book, readers discover more about the creators of the snowman. My especially kids like it when I read the dialog between the animals using expressive, silly voices. "Who-hoo's in the woods? Why is he here? When? When did the stranger come?"
Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow Books (September 2003); 32 pages; ISBN 9780066239569
We picked up Snow Music after seeing it featured on another blog. (I can't remember where I first saw it, but I'm pretty sure someone used it for their stART craft.) This one awakens the senses of sight and hearing by discussing winter sights and sounds. From the peth peth peth of the winter snow to the scraping of a plow, sounds are everywhere. Several wildlife animals are shown in their habitat, sleeping and then walking around in the snow, and a little boy searches for his lost dog. The illustrations are varied and interesting, and my daughter loved pointing out all the animals hidden behind the falling snow. "Does the deer feel the cold of the snow in her hoofs?"
White Snow, Blue Feather by Julie Downing.
One winter a little boy carries a bag of seed outside to feed to the birds. While walking in the woods he sees various plants and animals, even some deer. He discovers a feather from a blue jay and takes it back home to his mother. The book captures the fun of walking through the woods in the snow and the joy of feeding the birds.
Have you noticed any other books that show deer in the snow? Let us know so we can check them out.
We made a deer track stamp for our stART project this week. First we cut small teardrop shaped pieces out of foam paper. We arranged the two shapes into a heart-shaped deer print and taped the piece to a milk cap using double-sided tape. Both kids enjoyed making tracks on paper using the homemade stamp.
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