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The Most Perfect Snowman

Britt, Chris (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2016. 32 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9780062377043 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“Drift was the loneliest of snowmen,” begins this tender tale. Lacking typical snowman fashion accessories, our hero feels inferior to others of his kind: “Dressed in their finery, they would have snowy fashion parades, snowball fights and snowman dances that lasted all night. But Drift was never included.”

Tidbits of inner dialogue reveal Drift’s desire to fit in. Dreaming of having a pointy orange carrot nose, he says to himself: “If only I had that, I’d be perfect.” Then, one joyful day, a group of children fulfill his wish and dress him up. Drift’s glory is short-lived. First, a blizzard blows away his hat and mittens, then a shivering, lost bunny appeals to him for help. Choosing compassion over vanity, he donates his remaining gifts to save the bunny and discovers what it truly means to be “the most perfect snowman.”

Charming illustrations, rendered in watercolour, acrylic and pencil, support the text with cool, yet soft pastels against white backdrops, gently evoking the chill of winter. Periwinkle blues, mint greens and sunny yellows keep the tone light, securing a sense of humour in scenes like the one that has snowmen grooving to a band called “Chilly and the Frozen Blobs.” Drift’s pink scarf, used to keep the bunny warm, denotes friendship and love, reminding readers that one’s true value has less to do with appearance than the size of one’s heart.

  •  What does it mean to be perfect? Can a person be perfect?
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    Some people believe that a snowman must have a hat, black eyes, a carrot nose and a scarf. Is a snowman less of a snowman if it is missing these things? Is a person less of a person if he or she is missing an arm, a leg or another body part?

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    Compare the challenges that Drift faces with those of Rudolf in Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer.

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    Drift learns what it is means to be “the most perfect snowman” a snowman can be. What do his actions tell us about being “the most perfect person” a person can be?

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    Discuss what makes a perfect snowman. If it were possible, what would make “a perfect person”?

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    Go on a picture walk and make predictions. As the text is read aloud, adjust your predictions.

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    Compare how the other snowmen treat Drift versus how the children treat him. Use a graphic organizer to show your results.

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    With “being a perfect person” in mind, make a list of acts of kindness to perform at school and at home. Make a classroom poster with all the ideas.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture