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Red Sled PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
Red Sled is a wonderful book, just in time for the winter's solstice.
• This story has few words, leaving lots of exciting work for the reader's imagination.
• The artist's use of a restrained palette allows for a bold punch of color on each page; the visual effect is stunning.
Sweet Book Summary:
Red Sled is a gorgeous book about winter and some of the creatures who inhabit the long, wintry night. The story opens up with a little girl putting her red sled away, after what appears to be a long day of sledding. She props it up against her cabin and heads inside. A curious bear comes along and decides to take the sled for a ride. The bear is joined by other woodland creatures, and what fun they have! When the little girl wakes up in the morning she sees all the animal tracks and wonders what adventures her sled has been on in the night.

I love the imagery in this wintry, cozy book. It is a perfect book to share during the holidays as things get cold and dark. This gentle tale will peak children's imaginations. This book is nearly wordless, so your young reader will be able to narrate the stories him/herself. Wordless books are such great tools for young readers. They give children free reign to create and enjoy; in the process, they boost their reading self-esteem.

Red Sled is a fantastic reading experience from start to finish. The animal’s joie de vivre is palpable. This would also make a perfect read for children (and parents) who are not too thrilled about the coming cold season. Red Sled will put them in a happy winter mindset.

* Image Copyright Lita Judge via Simon & Schuster website
Author: Lita Judge Illustrator: Lita Judge Published: 2011, 40 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Animals, Seasons
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Do you think the little girl knew what was going on outside her home at night? Why/why not?
• How do you think the animals communicated to each other?
• Do you think there are animals around your home at night having this much fun? Why/why not?
• Does it snow where you live? • Have you ever gone sledding? If so, what color is your sled?
• How do you feel when you go sledding?
• Is it scary, exciting?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Shadow, Suzy Lee
Little White Rabbit, Kevin Henkes
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
Support Independent Book Shops: Click Here to Buy this Book on IndieBound

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