Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2002.
After building a snowman, a child awakens the next day to discover the snowman looks nothing like it did the day before, leaving the child to wonder what do snowmen do at night? We are treated to a fantastical tale of snowmen games and adventures, all of which explain why the snowmen often look a bit disheveled the day after they are built. The rhyming text keeps the story racing along and the book encourages children to use their imaginations.
Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen dancing under the starry sky.
One found a snow girl and said goodbye.
Four little snowmen out on the town.
One stopped for hot chocolate and began to frown.
Three little snowmen sledding down a hill,
One hit a tree and took a spill.
Two little snowmen having a snowball fight,
One lost the battle and said goodnight.
One little snowman left all alone,
Decided to eat an ice cream cone.
Building a Snowman
I’m going to build a snowman, big and round. (hold arms out)
I’ll start by rolling snow from the ground. (pretend to roll the snow)
First I’ll make his body; one, two, three. (count on fingers, 1,2,3)
Then I’ll add his nose and eyes, so he can see. (point to nose and eyes)
Last I’ll add a bit of magic, so he’ll come to life at night. (blow in hand like spreading magic dust)
I’ll put a top hat on his head; now he looks just right! (pat head)
I’m a Little Snowman (to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little snowman, short and fat.
Here is my scarf and here is my hat.
When the snow is falling, come and play.
Sun comes out, I melt away.