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Pizza-Pie Snowman
by Valeri Gorbachev
Valeri Gorbachev, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436545 | 07-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Humor, Preschool, Easy Readers
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1b, 1c, 2, 4, 5, 6
RF.1.1, 2, 3, 3a, 3f, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
L.1.1, 2, 2c, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
RL.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
W.1.3, 5, 6, 8

About the Book

Endearing characters and charming ink-and-watercolor paintings add to this funny winter story.

One snowy day, Pinky is heading to town to get a pizza for himself and his mother. He must run quickly so he doesn't forget: mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, onions and peas.

When the Squirrel boys try to sidetrack him, Pinky becomes annoyed and kicks the tree they're in. The snow from the branches falls down, and Pinky, not knowing it, looks like a snowman.

As Pinky walks through town, EVERYONE is talking about the walking snowman. But Pinky doesn't see him AND he's much too focused on getting his pizza to stop and look for him.


Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the pizza-pie snowman? How did he get his name? RL.K-2.1, 3

2. Explain why Pinky did not know who the pizza-pie snowman was. Create a character web for Pinky. RL.K-2.1, 2, 3

3. Discuss the strategy Pinky uses to remember what kind of pizza to order. What kinds of things do you forget? Create a short rhyme to help you remember them. RL.K-2.3/W.K-2.3

4. How do the illustrations in the story help you understand the characters, setting and plot? Take a picture walk through the book and discuss the illustrations. RL.K-2.7/SL.K-2.1