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Snow Joke
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823430659 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Animals/Fiction, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W. 1.1, 3, 5, 8
L. 1.2, 2a-b, 4, 4a, 5a, 6
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
RL. 1.1-7, 9

About the Book

This charming and humorous easy-to-read picture book explores the relationship between two animal friends, Red and Bunny, as they spend the day playing in the snow. Red relentlessly teases Bunny through a variety of different pranks, which he justifies by telling Bunny, "It's just a joke." However, when the tables are turned and Red becomes the butt of a joke, Bunny shows compassion and forgiveness by inviting Red inside for a cup of hot cocoa.

Packed with adorable and endearing illustrations, Snow Joke teaches its readers the value of forgiveness and compassion as well as the undeniable importance of being able to put oneself in the shoes of another.


"A quiet picture book about navigating friendship. . . . Degen presents a story that's not only perfect for budding readers but also one that teaches kindness and etiquette at an early age."—Booklist

"Readers will learn important lessons about friendship and forgiveness. . . . A good choice for the very earliest readers."—School Library Journal

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What does the title and cover illustration tell you about what the story is going to be about? Explain. Why do you think Bruce Degen calls this book Snow Joke? RL.K-1.7

2. Why does Bunny say, "That's not funny"? Give examples from the story. Did you ever feel this way? RL.K-1.3, 6 / SL.K-1.1, 4, 6

3. How does Red respond to Bunny? Did you ever feel this way? RL.K-1.3, 6 / SL.K-1.1, 4, 6

4. How does the story change from the beginning to the end of the book? What lesson did you learn? How can you apply the lesson to your own life? RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

Readers' Guide
SNOW JOKE: An I Like to Read® Book, Level D
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.