Tuesday 29 November 2011

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

I've loved the Robert Frost poem Stopping by woods on a snowy evening, for years so was pleased to be able to get the Susan Jeffers' illustrated version for the children.
It is difficult to describe this book as anything else other than beautiful and it would make an excellent present for a poetry loving adult, as well as for children. It is fun to muse on meanings for the poem while reading it to the children.

 After purchasing the book, I discovered that it was a Five in a Row book. It is our "row" for this week.
One of our aims for the week is to learn the poem.
For fun, we turned our box model of Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel into a sleigh.

 Sleigh pulled by faithful hound. Note the snow made from a blanket.

The children hadn't seen a real sleigh so we found a video of reindeer pullling a sleigh in Finland.
I found this idea for a rhyming tree and had fun doing this with Miss Belle.

We have some other wintery books and poems to read:

Out and about through the year by Shirley Hughes. This is a seasonal collection of poems which we read frequently. The winter poems go well with this week's book.

The Shepherd boy by Kim Lewis

Kiss good night, Sam by Amy Hest
Winter Garden by Ruth Brown

This is linked to TGIF Linky party, Mouse grows, Mouse learns. and Wierd, unsocialized homeschoolers.


  1. I always appreciate your book suggestions and will definitely put Susan Jeffers' illustrated version of Robert Frost's poem on my wish list! Blessings!

  2. How cute is your dog pulling the sleigh!! You have so many books - I can't wait to check them out!! You've reminded me it has been far too long since we've 'rowed'!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF!
    Beth =-)

  3. Great book suggestion love them

  4. Oh, we love that book - Stopping By! It's one of MY favorites! Simple, but meaningful.