First Snow In The Woods


An owl knows the signal. When the northern lights become more muted, the season is about to change. His hoots are among the many signs that winter is on its way. From woolly bear caterpillars and dragonflies, to monarchs and deer, the animals begin to prepare for the cold months ahead.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids who love animals will enjoy looking at these closeup photographs and listening to them tell a story about winter.

Little Kid Reaction

Because she loves Lost in the Woods, our daughter immediately wanted to give each animal a personality, including their accents. She liked exploring the pictures and describing what she saw.

Parent Reaction

As always, the pictures are exquisite. It is fun for us to watch our daughter draw out her own story, not just wait for us to recite words. Although it offers great reading practice for her, it would probably last longer as a favorite had we read it when she was still 4 or 5.

Type of Book:
This is a narrated photo-story of how animals prepare for winter.
Educational Themes:

The text offers some clues and lets you talk about each animal's ritual. Explore the photographs to talk about what you see. For younger children, draw out colors (fall is always colorful), weather, and animal habitat.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Started reading with 6½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The pictures are just beautiful, and they offer enough transition that kids could create their own story from the images.

Title First Snow in the Woods
Author Carl R. Sams II, Jean Stoick
Publisher Carl R Sams II Photography © 2007
Illustrators Carl R. Samms II, Jean Stoick
ISBN 9780977010868
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Nature
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