Author/Illustrator: Deb Troehler
Publication Date: March 10, 2013
Recommended Age: 4+
Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Excitement? Worry? Ella Louise feels a little bit of both about her first solo trip to Nana’s farm. However, excitement prevails as Ella discovers how Nana’s special magic can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Join Ella and Nana on their trip into the imagination. Yes…snow can fall in the summer.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the ASPCA in memory of Ella Troehler.
Activity Guide for “Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer”
Summary: What do snowflakes, rainbows, and cats have in common? These objects of fascination can yield memorable experiences through a multi-sensory approach. Children will remember the visual brilliance of a rainbow, the wonderful tactile and kinesthetic connection with snow, and the emotional connection with a pet cat. Just as Ella Louise will forever remember her delightful journey into the land of discovery with Nana in Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer, Rainbows to Snowflakes will provide many memorable educational experiences for children in kindergarten through third grade. Fun activities plus education-based objectives—a delightful way to enrich your curriculum.
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My Thoughts: Reading Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer was like going home for me. In this delightfully heartwarming book, we meet Ella, a 7 year old girl living in the city, who is going to stay at her grandmother’s house in the country for a week. She has heard from her mother all her life about how nana’s farm is filled with magic and she gets to finally experience this first hand for herself. She learns that magic can be found all around whether we live in the city or in a rural area.
I just loved the portrayal of the beautiful relationship between the grandmother and the granddaughter. I was also very close to my grandmother who taught me how to care for my nails, how to cook, and how to crochet and do embroidery. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is such an important and unique one and this book is begging to be shared between a loving grandparent and their grandchildren. The story brought back many special memories that I had of my own grandmother.
I love the underlying message regarding the magic that surrounds us in nature and really appreciating the simple things in life. I recently read an article about the Chronic Lack of Awe, which I would further argue reflects a disconnect from nature that our society is experiencing in modern times. As a child, I would marvel at the baby birds in their nest in the spring; I would collect wildflowers including bluebells and tiger lilies for my mother; I would collect tadpoles from our dugout and watch them grow into frogs; I would rip apart cattails and watch it snow in summer (oops! the secret is out!). Life in a rural area truly is awe-inspiring.
The author, a former educator, has also created an activity guide, Rainbows to Snowflakes to accompany the storybook, Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer. The activity guide contains 13 detailed and illustrated lessons which can easily be adopted by parents, homeschoolers, or teachers. Each lesson details the suggested grade range, time to complete, skills used, objective, materials needed, step-by-step instructions, and teaching guides. All of the activities are centred around rainbows and snow and they are FABULOUS. My son picked up Rainbows to Snowflakes, started flipping through the pages, and was super-excited to do the activities in the book! That says it all!
I just wanted to mention one small issue. I did wish that Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer
and the activity guide, Rainbows to Snowflakes had book covers that differed a bit more. The only difference between the covers is that one has a rainbow and you think it would be easy to identify which book is which, but sadly, it was not. I got them confused quite a bit!
My Bottom Line: Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer is a lovely book with wonderful underlying messages about the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren as well as the importance of seeing the magic that surrounds us and appreciating the small simple things in life. The accompanying activity guide, Rainbows to Snowflakes is full of fun and educational ideas for crafts and projects that a grown up can do with a child – it’s really fabulous!
About The Author: Deb Troehler
Deb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—connections to her loved ones and their importance in her life.
Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When her stories were requested by magazines and a private publisher, Deb was encouraged to take the plunge into the world of children’s book publishing. Her first book, Chipo’s Gift, is a tribute to a friend that had emigrated from South Africa.
When her first grandchild was born, Deb and her husband returned to Virginia to watch the new ‘little ones’ in her life grow up. Sadly, shortly after her return, Deb lost her beloved mother-in-law, Ella. This great loss encouraged her to publish her latest literary offerings—Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer and its companion book, Rainbows to Snowflakes.
More Good Stuff
As a way to continue her connection to the field of education, Deb Troehler has created activities to accompany her books. Her activities and lesson plans have been used in classrooms worldwide and are even featured on a university website in Colorado. As a special education teacher, her classroom design and the curriculum she created for her students has been used as the model for middle schools throughout the county in which she taught.
In addition to the activity-packed Rainbows to Snowflakes described above, Deb Troehler has put together another fantastic educational supplement specifically for snow-related activities entitled, Frosty Fun without the Cold Stuff Sensory Learning for PreK-1, and guess what? YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A COPY FOR FREE!! Just click on the sample activities depicted below.
* Giveaway *
Prize: This giveaway will have two winners. We are giving away two prize packages consisting of a paperback copy of both books by Deb Troehler, Sometimes Snow Falls in the Summer and Rainbows to Snowflakes PLUS a $20 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).
Contest runs: November 27 to December 15th, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open: United States and Canada
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Deb Troehler and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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