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The Three Snow Bears

Last updated Monday, December 6, 2010

Author: Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 0399247920
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2010

Synopsis: From Amazon: Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That’s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear’s bed.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What kind of bears are on the cover?
•  What is the person doing on the bottom of the cover? (sledding)
•  What is the person doing on the title page? (ice fishing)
•  Where are they?
•  Do you know of any other story with 3 bears? (Goldilocks and the 3 Bears)
•  Note: There is another side-story on the sides of each page in the book. If you have time, you may want to read the story, then go back and review the side-story.
•  What kind of house do the bears live in?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think it's a good or bad idea for the girl (Alloo-ki) to take the bear's food and boots and take a nap in their house?
•  What would you do if you were the baby bear?
•  igloo
•  sputter
•  slosh
•  ridges in the ice

Craft ideas:
•  Make Snowlfakes: - cut paper in circle, then fold in half, thirds, and half - (Note: if paper is too thick to cut, kids can fold just 1 or 2 times)
•  Icicle Painting: - draw thick line of glue at top of black construction paper - pick up paper and let glue run down page

*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!