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Curious George in the Snow

Last updated Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Author: H. A. and Margaret Rey
Date of Publication: 1998
ISBN: 0395919029
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2007

Synopsis: From BarnesandNoble.com: George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George's curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever been to the snow?
•  Do you know what “curious” means?
•  What do you wear when you go to the snow?
•  What do you think George is doing on the front cover?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What different ways did George go up/down the mountain?
•  Do you think Curious George was wrong to take someone else’s sled?
•  Would you get in trouble for taking someone else’s things?
•  On the lift, does George look safe?
•  Do you think the sled looks like a spaceship (pg 5)
•  What does the sign on page 10 mean (keep off)
•  On the last page, the skier is wearing a medal. Ask if they watch the Olympics? When is the next Olympics?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Curious George Mask—Cut out a large circle and two small circles for the ears. Attach the ears to the sides. Draw or cut out eyes, nose and mouth. Attach yarn to the sides to secure to the head.
•  Make a 3 dimensional mountain to go sledding on! Take a white sheet of paper and color/draw trees, rocks and other things on the mountain. Draw Curious George or yourself on the paper sled. Attach the sled to the string and the string to the white paper (string should be on the outside of the mountain). Tape the ends of the string on the inside of the white paper. Cone the white paper. Slide the sled up and down the mountain!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!