Thursday, February 18, 2010

Deer in the Snow Picture Books & stART

Last week we received some snow though not as much as many other areas of the country. The day after it snowed we noticed some fresh prints and went outside to investigate. A deer had visited our yard and stopped by our mulch pile looking for food. The kids really enjoyed checking out all the deer tracks. We noticed that the tracks are shaped a little like an upside-down heart, and my daughter said it was like little valentines all over the yard. I recently read in our local paper that heavy snow cover is harder on deer than cold weather because snow makes it harder to browse for food. After a little research we also learned that the pointed end of the white-tailed deer tracks points the direction the deer was traveling. Unfortunately when we went back outside to snap some pictures later in the week, the tracks had already started to disappear so I couldn't capture a really clear picture.

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.

Post what you've been reading each week with your kids at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well. I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like that a lot. We see a lot of white tail tracks around town, but I never thought about which way they were going :)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

These look like some great snow books! I've seen the first one around, but I've never seen the other two. Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

Terry Doherty said...

I love Carl Samms' series. There is a baord book version with many of these photos called Winter Friends. My daughter LOVES loves LOVES Lost in the Wood. There is a CD that tells the story and really brings the characters to life. Now she loves to don the various accents and read the story to us.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Your homemade deer tracks look great. We have a Little Golden Book - Bambi Grows Up. It tells the same story as a movie, but skips mother death entirely (Phew!). It has winter parts too.

Unknown said...

Ingenious stamping idea! (Guess I need the kiddos to finish off the milk so we can make some ourselves...)

Kristie said...

Those books look like wonderful ones to read this time of year. Definitely great for a snowy day! :-)

LOVE the deer track stamp idea! Very neat!

I have a book giveaway on my blog and was curious if you would mind featuring it in your Full to the Brim-Kid's Book Giveaway List?


Some Lucky Dog said...

I picked up Deer in the Snow a couple weeks ago for my grandson. It's a great book!

melaniet42 said...

What a neat idea for making a stamp! I love the idea of doing tracks!!

Staci A said...

We love Stranger in the Woods too. I'll have to check out the others though.

I love the stamp idea! We'll have to try it this weekend, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cute project. How fun to find deer tracks in the snow.

Ticia said...

I love your deer track craft. To make it even easier you could use the sticky back foam.
And I love Stranger in the Woods too, there's a sequel that I haven't gotten yet, but want to.

Debbie said...

We almost picked up quite a few of the books you have listed. We did come home with Snow Music. I guess I will have to take a closer look at Stanger in the Woods when we go again.

Jackie Higgins said...

What a great deer book. The cover reminds me of one that my husband's uncle gave us when Logan was born. I think it's called "Lost in the Woods". It's one that I put away for when he's older and never got back out. I have to see if they are by the same author... lots of real photography of deer. Anyway, that one looks great. I can't wait to find it and try it out after the first snow. Thanks for the recommendation.