The snow appears here to stay (at least during this frigid cold spell)! It is too cold to play in and it is not melting so there are large areas in our yard undisturbed by us. Which I think is why we are finding great animal tracks. I like the bunny tracks best! We don’t see the bunnies much in the winter but I guess they “get out” once in a while! We’re also seeing some squirrel tracks and lots of bird tracks. It is fun to try and identify them and also follow them.
Do you have snow? Are you seeing animal tracks too? I really wonder how their little feet don’t freeze off! I supposed they make haste and then get back to their cozy spots. Read about these cozy spot in this beautiful book…
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.
But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.
OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow (Amazon description).
And here’s a fun one about animal tracks (or are they!)….
Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee
Just outside my window,
There are tracks in the snow.
Who made the tracks? Where do they go?
A little girl follows tracks outside her window after a fresh snowfall, only to realize that the tracks in the snow are her own from the day before—and that they lead her home. This diminutive and sweet picture book is as cozy as a cup of hot chocolate.
Like Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, this lovely celebration of snow and winter is just right for the littlest readers (Amazon description).
Have an emergent reader? Here is a beautiful level one book about burrows and tracks in the snow…
Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Native Americans are culturally so much more in tune with our natural environment. This looks like a very interesting reference book. Read online here or click on the Amazon links below…
Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac
These traditional Native American stories along with related activities show parents and teachers how to teach children the importance of wildlife in Native American traditions. As the stories unfold and the activities come to life, the importance of our connections to animals became apparent.
Features traditional Native American stories.
Includes field-tested activities appropriate for all ages.
Connects wildlife ecology and environmental issues.
Fosters creative thinking and the synthesis of knowledge and experience.
The stories in this book present some of the basic perspectives that Native North American parents, aunts and uncles use to teach the young. They are phrased in terms that modern youngsters can understand and appreciate, along with eye-catching illustrations and photographs throughout (Amazon description).
And I love this animal tracks poster from cafe press…
Come on back tomorrow for a little craft inspired by tracks in the snow! And until then keep warm!
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