I Can Ski by Melanie Davis Jones

A great beginner book for young skiers.

All Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development, building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like learning about rhymes, young readers are building fundamental reading skills with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories.

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Do Teddy Bears Ski? by Rick Sanger

This colorful book makes a great gift for a favorite young skier! (ages 4-6) Written in easy verse and filled with whimsical images, it is both appealing and informative. Rick Sanger, a certified ski instructor, has created a book that parents can read to their young ones before a frozen flake ever hit their noses. It also makes a great souvenir for a beginning skier. Ski instructors universally applaud this book. It captures the fascination of kids through the images of skiing tigers, mice, giraffes, and even crabs! But in the ear-catching rhymes are important messages that tell what skiing is all about. Mike Iman, President of the Professional Ski Instructors of America has endorsed the book: A fun book! Outstanding for bringing the flavor of skiing and snow-boarding to children that are new to the winter environment. At the back of the book is a section especially for parents: Taking Kids Skiing: Hints for a Great Trip. Here, Rick describes the kind of preparation and equipment that will take the kinks out of a first ski adventure.

Reviews
A fun Book! Outstanding for bringing the flavor of skiing and snowboarding to children that are new to the winter environment. — Mike Iman, President, Professional Ski Instructors of America

Instill in your child the love of skiing and the great outdoors. Start right here with this fantastic book! (Kathy Copeland, Manager of Children’s Ski School, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort) REVIEW: A wonderful introduction to snow sports for parents and their young children written with an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. — Werner Schuster, Past President, Professional Ski Instructors of America

This book of delightful drawings and verse introduces skiing in a style that will appeal to kids and to the kid in all of us. — Linda Crockett, Education Director, Professional Ski Instructors of America

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Curious George in the Snow

George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George’s curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport! The adventures of Curious George continue in an all-new series beginning in fall 1998 with eight new stories. Written and illustrated in the style of Margret and H. A. Rey, the books appear in paperback (8 x 8″) and hardcover editions and feature the art of Vipah Interactive, the animators of HMI’s Curious George CD-ROMs.

About the Author
Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city’s famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941. Curious George has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

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First Tracks by Johnny Boyd

A book for little skiers
Whether they be girl or boy
Reading is just like skiing
Both bring hours of joy
Excerpt from back cover of First Tracks

Since its release in December 2004 this self-published book has achieved the remarkable milestone of having been reprinted three times and has sold over 8,000 copies. When one considers that statistics show that only 5 percent of the books listed on Amazon will sell 5,000 copies, you can appreciate the mountain that First Tracks had to ascend (and ski right back down) to surpass that mark.

With little or no media hype and a shoestring budget, the success of First Tracks can largely be attributed to its realism and the quality of this beautiful picture book. Written and illustrated by skiers for little skiers, First Tracks can be read to a child before he/she has ever tried skiing in preparation for that first time, or sent home as a memory of the good times on the slopes. Its family-centered theme is a fun, humorous read meant to reflect just how much fun the sport of skiing is.

Ski instructor and illustrator, Jeff Teaford, uses colorful illustrations to capture the innocence on the face of the central character as she contemplates her first time on skis and masterfully conveys her concentration as she snow plows (makes pizza) for the first time. Plus, her older brother learns to snowboard! Finally, the entire family shares the day together on the slopes. This is a family skiing story the way it should be when families actually go skiing. It truly is an adventure to be shared and shared again.

For little skiers aged 2-7.

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Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Good intentions turn into a merry mess when Clifford helps Santa Claus. An IRA Children’s Choice book.

About the Author
There’s no denying that kids love Clifford®. The Big Red Dog® has been a favorite since Norman Bridwell created him over 40 years ago. “I was working as a commercial artist in New York City. There wasn’t much work, so I made some sample pictures and took them to several publishers. They all rejected my work. But one editor suggested that I try writing a book of my own to illustrate. I had done a painting of a little girl with a big red dog. That seemed like a funny idea, so I made up a story about them. I increased the dog’s size from as big as a horse to as big as a house. My wife named the dog Clifford, and we named the little girl Emily Elizabeth after our daughter. In three days I had written the story and drawn the pictures for Clifford The Big Red Dog. When Scholastic called and said they wanted the book, I was stunned.” Bridwell, who grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, lives now on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. For more information about Norman Bridwell, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks

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Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell

Not long ago, Clifford the Small Red Puppy experienced his first autumn. Now he leaps into his first winter with fluffy white snow, a sled ride, and exciting winter fun. Full color.

About the Author
There’s no denying that kids love Clifford®. The Big Red Dog® has been a favorite since Norman Bridwell created him over 40 years ago. “I was working as a commercial artist in New York City. There wasn’t much work, so I made some sample pictures and took them to several publishers. They all rejected my work. But one editor suggested that I try writing a book of my own to illustrate. I had done a painting of a little girl with a big red dog. That seemed like a funny idea, so I made up a story about them. I increased the dog’s size from as big as a horse to as big as a house. My wife named the dog Clifford, and we named the little girl Emily Elizabeth after our daughter. In three days I had written the story and drawn the pictures for Clifford The Big Red Dog. When Scholastic called and said they wanted the book, I was stunned.” Bridwell, who grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, lives now on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. For more information about Norman Bridwell, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks

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First Snow by Emily Arnold Mccully

Editorial Reviews from Amazon.com:

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1 From the moment children see the littlest mouse from Picnic (Harper, 1984) peering out her window into the cool, clean freshness of the snow to the last look at her sound asleep at the supper table, they will be entranced by the mouse family’s activities in the first snow of the season. Loaded into the old red truck, the mice children set out for a day of wintering with their grandparents. After climbing, ice skating, making angels and a snowmouse, the young mice line up their sleds for the descent. Finally, only the littlest mouse, clad in her hot pink hat and muffler, is left at the top of the hill. Using alternating visual perspectives from the little mouse’s view from the top of the hill to the beckoning grandparent’s view from the bottom of the hill, the mouse’s quandary is felt. Once the initial swoosh to the bottom is achieved, the pages burst with hot pink as the little mouse climbs and rides up and down the slopes. A wordless story filled with subtleties of mood and dynamics of action. An excellent book to share with children, and they will also appreciate the flow of the line, mood and action independently. Cathy Woodward, Lima Public Library, Ohio
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
PreS-K. When a family of mice goes sledding, little sister Biddy is a fearful of sliding down the big hill. After she has conquered it, though, she wants to go again and again. Like its companion volume Picnic (1984, 2003), this originally wordless picture book has been republished in a larger edition with a simple text. The illustrations have been repainted and significantly enlarged, enhancing their beauty and making their details more accessible to children in story hours. Those who enjoy wordless picture books can always ignore the text, but the addition of a few words (“The road is icy” or “Bitty is scared”) on each double-page spread will complete the reading experience for the many parents and caregivers who like to know what to say when they turn the page and for the many children who enjoy hearing the same words with each picture every time. Carolyn Phelan
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Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson

Editorial Reviews from Amazon.com:

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-With the same tender charm that has made other books about Mouse’s first experiences popular, Thompson and Erdogan explore the joy that comes with a first encounter with snow. Mouse gets to sled, skate, and build a grand snow house with his father’s unswerving support. Good for you! exclaims Poppa after Mouse swishes down a hill. Other efforts are encouraged with Hooray!, Good work!, and Wonderful! Finally the two build A frosty little snow mouse just like you! and the book concludes with wishes for a Happy winter. In the sweet acrylic paintings, the snow is cool and luminous, yet the scenes remain warm. Child-friendly language, complete with some simple sound effects and repeated phrases, make this title a solid winter read-aloud.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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From Booklist
PreS-K. The creators of books such as Mouse’s First Halloween (2000) and Mouse’s First Spring (2005) offer a new picture book in which the familiar little mouse encounters snow for the first time. Poppa shows Mouse the many ways of enjoying winter: sledding, skating, and making snow angels, a snow house, and even a large-scale snow mouse. Suitably brief, the text uses plenty of sound words to accompany activities, such as “Swish, wish!” as the father sweeps large angel wings in the snow and “Flap, flop!” for Mouse’s first attempt at making wings. “Wonderful!” exclaims Poppa. In the paintings, simple, rounded forms predominate, and dabs of white brighten the scenes as light reflects off the cool blue snow. For all the ice and snow depicted, this picture book continually radiates warmth as this happy little mouse and loving father enjoy a day together. Preschool teachers will want to have this pleasing picture book on hand for reading aloud as the snowflakes start to fall. Carolyn Phelan
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