Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chaucer's First Winter

Stephen Krensky's picture book Chaucer's First Winter has been an enjoyable and cute read aloud at our house. Chaucer, a young bear, decides not to hibernate for the winter. Instead he watches his parents fall asleep, and then leaves their cave to explore and experience a winter without a nap. Snowball fights, sledding down hills, ice skating (on his paws) and enjoying the beauty of snow and ice -everything winter- take up Chaucer's time. Eventually spring comes and while Chaucer is anxious to tell his parents about his adventures, hewill have to wait to do that until he catches up on some sleep.
My own children loved this book. It would be a great companion read aloud with Karma Wilson's Bear Stays Up, which provides rhyming text about a bear who tries to stay up for Christmas, despite how tired he is and how he wants to fall asleep.

I have already ordered this for my school library and know that my students will love hearing this story during the unit we do on snow and winter.

1 comment:

Diane said...

This book looks so darn cute!

Have a great Happy and Healthy New Year.