by JAN CARR
Three children -- and their dog! -- play outside, enjoying a winter's day. They have a snowball fight, build a snowman, go sledding and ice skating, and at the end of the day, head home to a crackling fire. And to cups of cocoa, of course!
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Frozen Noses is the first book I wrote in the seasons trilogy. Trilogy, you say? Why are there only 3 books? There are 4 seasons! True, but these books have been enjoyed in a lot of schools, and schools aren't in session in summer. So the books ended up being about winter, spring and fall.
I got the idea for the books because I wanted to write about the seasons. I love the seasons! Also, I wanted the texts to be simple, like haikus. Interestingly, haikus often use the seasons as their subject, too.
Also, I didn't want the books to be just rhymes. I thought of them more as word play than rhyme. I use a lot of alliteration, which is when the sounds of the consonants are repeated, for example, the T sounds in "Tingly toeses" or the Sn sounds and F sounds in "Sniffle, snuffle," or the B sounds in "Booted, buckled/Buttonholed."
Sometimes, when I read the books in kindergarten or first-grade classes, I ask the kids if they can hear the sounds and tell me what they are. The kids are just learning the sounds of letters, and love to shout them out.
But the books don't just play with consonant sounds. There are also a lot of vowel sounds. Did you catch the Long O sounds in "Frozen noses," or the Long I sounds in "Slide, collide/Get good at gliding?" When an author uses vowel sounds that way, it's called "assonance."
A lot of fancy words for pure, clean fun! The books are meant as a kind of tickle to the ear.
Brrr! Better bundle!
Did you notice the art? Can you tell how it was made? It's collage, of course! Because the pictures are made out of cut-out pieces of paper, which are they layered, they almost look 3-D. Tale a look at how the illustrator created the small details -- for instance, the shoelaces and the tassels on the rope. Imagine how much patience that took!