In this delightful adventure of Elmer the patchwork elephant, find out how Elmer shows his friends that hot and cold are only relative — and both can be fun!
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Elmer In The Snow
This is a very fun book and takes us on another adventure with Elmer the elephant. Elmer’s friends are not happy about the cooler weather they are experiencing – so Elmer takes them on an adventure to help them to see how to have fun in the cold. Elmer leads his friends on a long walk and helps them to see how walking can help to get them warm and then he leads them to an area in the jungle full of snow. The elephants have a great time playing in the snow and also sliding on the frozen water. Elmer tricks his friends by making a snow model of himself and this creates a great element of suspense and awe for the readers.
This was a book I read with a nursery group to compliment their “Winter” topic. The book introduces language for this topic really well and helps children get familiar with words such as ‘cold’, ‘frozen’, ‘ice’, ‘snow’ and ‘warm’. The book also created a great lead up to a physical activity we carried out outdoors – where we followed a trail and did different movements and actions to get warmed up – all of which nicely addresses the Personal, Social, and Emotional, knowledge and understanding of the world, communication, language and physical areas of the early years learning goals. The book also led to a focus activity for the knowledge and understanding of the world area – where the children where allowed to make ice and explore how water freezes to make ice and then how it melts when warm and becomes water again…