Our new book this week is Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Yeah…..this would have been a great book to read about 4 weeks ago, but when you live in Texas you just never know what the weather is going to be. I guess when I planned the timing of this book, I was thinking back to last year when it snowed in the beginning of March.
While we read it we’re going to be learning about maps and compasses, street signs, fire safety, and snow. We’ll also be talking about the meaning of personification. Interestingly, Elliot has already mentioned that Virginia Lee Burton really likes making stories about things that aren’t really alive (such as in The Little House and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel).
This is the first book we’ve read where there hasn’t really been any kind of indication where it takes place. All we know is that it’s in the made up city of “Geoppolis”, so we had some thinking to do regarding where to place our disk. We thought about Massachusetts, since that’s where the author was born, but we already have a lot of disks in that area. We decided to place it on Minneapolis, Minnesota, because we decided they probably get a lot of snow, and because it sort of sounds like “Geoppolis”!