by Maryann Cocca-Lefler
Reading Level 1.6
|Setting:||A seven-year-old girl's home|
|Characters:||seven-year-old girl, her mom, her dad, and her sister|
|Plot:||The family plans a birthday party, but a huge snowstorm keeps all the kids at home.|
|Solution:||Mom, Dad, and Sis help make the birthday fun even without lights or a baked birthday cake.|
|Summary:||A seven-year-old girl is looking forward to her birthday party because she thinks it will change her luck—it's been all bad lately. The day of the party starts out well. It is snowing lightly, and it's beautiful outside. The weather takes a turn for the worse, however, and it is snowing very, very hard by the end of the school day. The radio announces heavy snow and high winds. The lights go out, and then the phone calls start coming. No one can come to the party. The little girl is miserable, but her family manages to save the day with ice cream cake with candles, a flashlight for shadow puppets, and a brand new sled. They have a great time, and the little girl decides she has good luck after all.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Friendship unit, weather unit, making the best of a bad situation|
Ask the children to raise their hands if they have ever had a birthday party. Then ask if anyone has ever had a birthday party when something went wrong. (Have several tell their stories.)
Tell the children that the title of the book is Ice-Cold Birthday, but do not show them the cover. Ask, [What do you think the title means?]
Have students do the following exercise: Close your eyes and picture in your head a birthday party in your honor. What is it like? How do you think the people feel? Where are you? Does anything unusual happen?
Show cards with call numbers on them. Check to see if the students know the difference between [E] books and [FIC] books and books with the Dewey Decimal numbers on them.