‘The Snowman and the Sun,’ by Susan Taghdis, illustrated by Ali Mafakheri, translated from Persian by Azita Rassi.

With swathes of the country already enjoying some snow and with more promised, why not make the most of it as part of home learning and get children outside and enjoying themselves? This clever picture book lends itself brilliantly to some screen-free science (states of matter, the water cycle…) and also raises some interesting questions about our attachments to people and how they can change or fade over time.

What happens to a snowman when he melts? Where does he go? What does he become?

This unique picture book, told from the snowman’s point of view, introduces the water cycle and evaporation. The story prompts discussion around change and the impact of seasons on our natural environment and our place in it. It can also be read as a modern-day fable and offers opportunities for deeper reflection on the different stages in our lives.

This is a must-buy to enliven any primary school’s science curriculum and would certainly encourage children to make predictions and use correct scientific vocabulary. It could also be easily investigated at home using snow (if you’re lucky enough to some!) or crushed up ice cubes.

Tiny Owl have an excellent YouTube channel – #TinyOwlFlies – where you can find readings of their diverse picture books and accompanying craft activities. Here’s an online reading on The Snowman and the Sun, and a crafty snowflake make.

Do you wanna build a snowman? Or melt one!

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Tiny Owl Publishing for sending me this title to review*

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