Jared Lee

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Ages 6-9, 40 pages

There are many different types of snow. Snow can be barely a whisper that lightly falls or snow can be heavy as it thickly covers everything. Snow is a lovely book that describes the types of snow and activities that occur. There’s certain snows that cancel school and we enjoy warm inside. Children and those young at heart love snow best and the snow welcomes them with snow angels and snowmen. The book ends that eventually the snow melts and we have the memories.

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee

Ages 5-7, 30 pages


This book is another version of the ‘There was an old lady…” I wrote another post about a lady who ate a pumpkin pie. I think these books are very humorous and readers always beg to hear it again. In this version a lady begins swallowing some snow, a pipe to warm her toes, some coal, and it continues. Here is the last line: ‘I don’t know why she swallowed some snow. Perhaps you know.’  The readers can guess about what she may swallow next and what happens with all the items. Lucille Colandro wrote other ‘I Know an Old Lady…’ books, so there’s more fun if you enjoyed this book.


Black Lagoon Series

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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler, Illustrated by Jared Lee

Ages 5 – 8, genre: humor, imaginary, 32 pages with a few sentences on each page

This review is for the entire Black Lagoon series. It describes the fears about what their teacher will be like on the first day of school. Will the teacher have fangs, eat students, or assign fractions for homework? It makes the subject light at the end, since of course their teacher is not a monster at all. Children love this series and want to listen over and over. Other characters in the Black Lagoon series include: the principal, school nurse, the bus driver, music teacher, and more. This could be a fun way to introduce different individuals at school. I often ask what they think happens next to students, since it’s all so terrible.

– opening page:

It’s the first day of school. I wonder who my teacher is. I hear Mr. Smith has dandruff and warts.