Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sugar Snow - My First Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Recommendation:  Highly Recommended

Winter is coming to an end the the Big Woods of Wisconsin, but there is one surprise left.

A short story of Laura and the Ingalls family during their years living in Wisconsin. Laura has been watching the weather get warmer and the snow melt. When she sees a bare spot of earth she asks Ma is she can go out to play. "You may tomorrow" Ma promised her. The next morning Pa comes in covered with soft thick snow and announces "It's a sugar snow!"

Later that evening by the warm fire Pa explains how he and Grandpa worked to tap the maple trees and catch the sap running out of them to make maple syrup. They call an early spring snow a sugar snow because it helps the trees produce more sap.

Positives: Another delightfully simple story to share with your young children and introduce them to the Ingalls family. Beautifully illustrated!

Negatives: None

Talking Points: This story provides an excellent way to talk about God's control over all creation and His care for people. By providing the "sugar snow" God was taking care of the Ingalls' family. Job 38 gives some excellent examples of God's control over creation in the form of questions, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail...Can you lift up your voice to the clouds so an abundance of water will fall on you?" (vs. 22, 34). Also Psalm 147 talks about his care.

Age Level: 3-6 year olds. Early readers may enoy them, but could struggle with many of the words. They are not written to be an "early reader."

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