Whereas Paris doesn’t really know anymore what winter is and that it’s difficult to see some snow at the window, we love reading and rereading at home books that plunge us into a wadded and cold winter, where nature seems asleep … a way to relax by living at th slow pace naturally imposed by this season.
Here is a selection of pretty albums we value both for their story and for their illustrations. All depict an animal world in close contact with Nature (link we often forget ourselves unfortunately …). These are not necessarily recent books, but only our favorites, the books we’ve been reading and rereading for nearly ten years …
So, let’s dive under the duvet with our little ones and read these beautiful stories that transport us to a snowy nature …
ONE WINTER’S DAY
First follow the adventures of this little hedgehog who lost her house after a strong storm. Wearing only a scarf, globes and a hat, he went for help to his friend the badger … But on the way, it will make many meetings. This book has particularly appealed to us because the story, made of encounters, is a good appeal for generosity. The chalk pastel illustrations depict a snowy nature, which can be turn either hostile or friendly. A real beautiful book we bought in 2006 and that we still like very much.
One Winter’s Day, Christina M. Butler and Tina Macnaughton.
Snow Day tells the story of a little rabbit who can not go to school because the snow that has fallen, prevents the school bus to circulate. The slow rhythm of this book reflects the snow fall that covers the city. Very simple, very poetic … Read it slowly, taking time to enjoy the beautiful illustrations …
Snow Day, Komako Sakai, published by the Ecole des Loisirs.
This book by Lecaye Olga, well-know for her beautiful animal stories, transports us here in the snowy forests. It tells the story of a white wolf, different from his croies because of its color. Lonely and rejected, yet the wolf will learn friendship in contact with another wolf. A wonderful poetic story in a beautiful snowy nature.
You can also read The Little Rabbit’s Christmas by the same author … A little gem !!
Snow, Olga Lecaye, éditions Ecole des Loisirs.
Well, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this short selection …
Have a good weekend!