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Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid’s Perfect Snow is a wonderful book to read, especially now, during our Canadian winter. Children and adults can relate to the excitement felt after the first snow fall. As a teacher I can hear the stampede of children as they head outside to make snow angels, forts, snowmen and catch snow falling with their out stretched tongues. And… Barbara Reid is able to capture it all, in great detail, using plasticine, ink and water color as her medium.

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Scott wants to create the largest snowman while Jim wants to create the “indestructible Snow Fortress of Doom”. When they team up and enlist the help of all of the school yard children they’re able to create something everyone is excited about.

As a parent or teacher, what can you do with this book? First, ask if anyone can make connections to the cover and have them predict what the story will be about. You can listen to Barbara Reid reading Perfect Snow here.

I love to use plasticine/ clay with my students and Barbara Reid is a master when it comes to plasticine. She has several videos that you can watch before making your own clay scenes.

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 1

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 2

Making Plasticine Pictures Part 3

Creating Perfect Snow 

So… have some fun with clay and be sure to head outside and play in the snow!

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My Summer Reading List

One of my plans this summer is to read as much as I possibly can. I am going to start a list and I’ll keep adding to it throughout the summer. I would also love to hear your recommendations (keeping in mind that I like kid’s stuff the best).


Books I’ve Read

The Skin i’m in by Sharon G. Flake

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

(I loved all 4 of them! Here is a link to Lowry’s page:

Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass

I am also reading The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh along with articles and books related to school and teaching.

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Coming Soon

Messy Jessy cover FINAL

Anxiously awaiting my latest book.

Children loved Messy Jessy in her debut story.

Now, she is busier and more active than ever.

Follow Jessy as her wild imagination has her tackling what she loves.

From yoga to dance and hockey to ball,

she knows how to have fun.

Jessy’s day continues to be filled with laughter, spirit and … mess.

               ~parents and kids will instantly relate.

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Messy Jessy

pg17-18In Jayne Peters’ first book you can follow Jessy through her messy day. From spills, crashes and jelly faces; to bruises, scratches and mismatched socks, Jessy’s day is filled with laughter, spirit and mess. ~Parents will instantly relate

“Messy Jessy” is completely charming. Children will insist on it being read over and over again- Parents will be delighted to oblige.”  – Kerry Parsons, School Library Specialist