Since yet another winter storm is brewing in parts of the United States, I'm guessing that someone, somewhere, is going to have a snow day tomorrow. I'm sure that many little boys and girls just went to bed wondering if they will be one of the lucky ones, able to spend tomorrow making snowmen and sledding down hills instead of going to gym class or practicing their math problems at school. I'm even going to go out on a limb and suggest that a few adults out there are probably wishing for the very same thing.
So, does anyone have an idea on how to increase our chances of a snow day tomorrow...apart, of course, from stealing all the salt from the salt trucks? If you have a good idea, I would love to know. But in case you can't think of one offhand, I know of a great picture book that may be able to help us out...
Willow and the Snow Day Dance, written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and illustrated by Cyd Moore, was published earlier this year by Sleeping Bear Press, who was kind enough to send me a review copy--with the caveat that the type of dance in the book was probably "not quite the kind of dance you might be thinking about."
Willow is a kind, generous, and free-spirited little girl who was first introduced to readers in the picture book Willow (published in 2008). In Willow and the Snow Day Dance, Willow has just moved to a new neighborhood and is brimming with inventive ideas for engaging her new neighbors and sharing her positive outlook with everyone...even the neighborhood grouch. So when kind-hearted Willow writes a letter asking her neighbors to help make it snow, it is not surprising that she receives a reply...and one that involves dancing!
The Snow Day Dance
Before going to bed put your pajamas on inside out and backwards.
Tape a penny to your door or put a spoon under your pillow, whichever you prefer.
Get up on your bed and do a dance. The sillier the better!
Get your family to do it with you. The more people that participate, the better!
You'll have to read the book to see whether the snow day dance worked for Willow. Or, if you are still awake, you can try it out for yourself and see if you get to stay home from school or work tomorrow. Just don't forget to dance as sillily (yes, that's a real word--I just looked it up) as you can!