Fun winter story you and your students will enjoy!
From School Library Journal:
This picture book has the warmth and appeal of a favorite family reminiscence. The simple story focuses on Billy, who is disappointed that his cousins won't be visiting to help celebrate his December birthday. The day takes an unexpected turn, however, when the same weather that kept his cousins away brings all the members of his mixed-grade, one-room schoolhouse (along with the teacher) to his house to spend the night. The boy's parents turn this impromptu slumber party into a celebration, with plenty of good food, a group sing-along, and, of course, a birthday cake. Wright's straightforward text has a down-home flavor that meshes well with Himler's evocative illustrations. Executed in watercolor and gouache over pencil, the mostly double-page spreads feature sepia tones that enhance the old-fashioned feel. While the setting is clearly rural, the time period is less clear. But ultimately, the where and the when of the story aren't really important-it's the nostalgic appeal of a simpler time that both Wright and Himler capture so perfectly in words and pictures.
I have created 21 book extension activities for this book.
Making Connections Pre-Reading (2 Activities)
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Compare and Contrast
Important Events in the Story
Problems and Solutions
Making Connections Text to Self
Making Connections Text to Text
Making Connections Text to World
Design a Birthday Card for Billy
All About Billy
Making a Plan to Escape a Snowstorm
The Blizzard 3-2-1 Summarizing Activity