Teaching Theme With The Magic of Friendship Snow

Making friends can sometimes be difficult for children and even adults. This beautiful book The Magic of Friendship Snow, conveys how friendships are magical, unique and special; just like a snowflake. This beautifully illustrated book sends a message about kindness, acceptance, and challenges in society.

I'm joining my friends from The Reading Crew for a Winter Linkup. We're sharing some of our favorite winter books and lessons to go along with each book. 

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A few weeks ago, Austin had its first snow in 10 years. All of our neighborhood children were outside playing together and making snowmen. When I came across this sweet book, I immediately thought about our short-lived snowfall and the magical snowflakes.

image of snow in Austin

About the Book
Jojo is a little girl who longs for a friend. As she looks around, everyone has a friend but her. She has all of these emotions of feeling sad and lonely, because she didn't know how to make a friend. Then, Jojo meets Puddles the snowman who is made of "magic" snow. Puddles becomes her friend and teaches her how to be a friend to others.

Before Reading

Before reading the book, meet your students where they are. Ask them questions that would make the book connect with their own lives. During the pandemic, children are longing for new friendships and connecting with fellow classmates.
  • What are the qualities of a friend?
  • Have you ever struggled in making friends? How did it make you feel?
  • What do you do to be a good friend?
In this sweet book, your students will discover how Jojo learns how to be a friend through the The Magic of Snowflake Snow. Her new friend Puddles teaches becomes her friend and how to be a friend to others.

image of picture from book

Teaching Theme

Theme is the central, underlying idea or message the author wants to get across in the story that can apply to your own life. The theme of the story is different from the main idea. The main idea is what the story is about. It's usually summarized in one sentence. The theme is inferred and not stated in the story. Click HERE for a list of common literary themes. Quizizz has extra practice activities in finding the theme.

Questions to ask in determining the theme:
  • What is the problem the main character is facing? How did the main character overcome the obstacles?
  • What lesson did the main character learn in the story? How did the main character change or grow?
  • What life lesson did you take away from the story? 

Author's Purpose

In order to determine the theme of the story, students need to understand other elements of the story like the characters, setting, plot, conflict, and then theme. The theme is evident throughout the story. There can also be several themes in a story. 

An author's purpose is to give readers a message that can apply to their everyday lives. In doing this, readers gain a deeper understanding of the story. Andi Cann did a wonderful job of teaching life lessons that children can connect with. Friendship is a universal theme that can apply to everyone's life.
Learning to be a friend can be difficult. Jojo will reassure children that friendship can be learned."  - Andi Cann

The Resource Includes:

  • Character traits of Jojo
  • Questions to ask to narrow down the theme
  • Words of friendship to remind Jojo that she is a good friend
  • Literary themes found in the story with text evidence
  • Making connections writing activity
  • Friendship snow activity with poetry

resource to go along with The Magic of Friendship Snow

Friendship snow craft and poem

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Are you looking for books to teach Themes? The Magic of Friendship Snow is the perfect book for teaching theme. In this post, you'll receive tips in teaching theme and receive a FREE resource to go with the book. Grades 2, 3, 4

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