Thursday, March 3, 2011

On a Wintry Morning by Dori Chaconas

Title: On a Wintery Morning
Author: Dori Chaconas
Illustrator: Stephen T. Johnson
Copyright: 2000, Penguin Putnam Books for young Readers, New York.
Genre: Fiction

This beautifully illustrated children's book is about a father and a baby enjoying a winter morning. They spot rabbit tracks, make snow angels, and buy a pup one wintry morning. After all the fun activities they do together they go back into the house, where the father puts his baby in her bed, on a wintry morning. After the baby falls asleep, the father sings a tune of sharing a wintry afternoon with his baby. The pictures in this book are about the father and his daughter doing fun activities in the snow and enjoying the winter season together. It is a very special, loving book about a father and his daughter and their love of winter.

Pre-Reading Activity:Talk about winter clothes, weather and activities you can do in the winter.

Post-Reading Activity:
Create a book, and draw pictures of you and your father, mother or guardian enjoying the snow with you. Draw all the activities you'd like to do, or things you'd like to see.

Reflection:This was a very sweet story about a child and the father enjoying a day in winter. It reminds me of my childhood and of my father and me playing in the snow. It's a very touching story, and I believe children and adults would both enjoy reading it. There are beautiful illustrations in the story, and it is writen beautifully. It's nice to see a parent, especially the father loving his little daughter and enjoying the day with her in the snow. When I read the story all I can think about is my childhood and about those wintry days I spent outside with my parents. I'm sure many peopel can relate to this book.

About the Author:
Dori Chaconas doesn't really know why she started writing. She remembers she started writing stories in the 60's when she had her twin daughters. She was the oldest girl in the family of seven kids, and she often romanticized about the idea of being an author. She loved books, and she loved telling stories. On a corner of a grocery store, she posted an add saying INTERESTED IN WRITING? CONTACT ME. Her call was answered, and a supporter helped her become a part of a critique group.

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