by Jan Brett
Although many of us are trying to avoid thinking about the freezing temperatures outside, as a follow-up to last week's Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we have chosen to feature The Three Snow Bears, an interpretation set in the Artic north. Rather than Goldilocks, the story features Aloo-ki, the raven-haired Inuit girl who discovers the igloo of a polar bear family. Adding to the charm and beauty of this book are the playful boarders of each page filled with mischevious artic animals dressed in parkas and having great fun. We love all of Jan Brett's books, but this one has a special place at the top of the list.
In this Issue
In the igloo, Aloo-ki tries on each bear's pair of beautiful boots. Your young reader can have fun with their very own pair of Inuit boots (we just don't reccomend testing to see if they are waterproof). If your youg reader chooses, the boots can be decorated any way they choose.
Paper Bag Inuit Boots
- 2 small brown paper bags like lunch bags
- Place one bag on each foot. Gather bag around ankle and leg and tie lengths of yarn loosely around ankle and mid-calf. We tied the yarn in bows in the back so they can be untied, but our boots slipped right off for repeated wearing.
One of the most popular activities with my kindergarteners during our study of the artic was playing the Inuit blanket toss game. The game originated with hunters because the person being tossed into the air would be able to spot caribou or whales in the distance. In traditional times, the blanket was made from seal or walrus skins, but the blankets used today are made from canvas. While playing the game with my students, we used a blanket and had a stuffed animals as our "hunter" being tossed in the air.
For a bit more information and a picture, check out The Blanket Toss.
While the original Goldilocks enjoyed the Three Bears' porridge, Aloo-ki and the Three Snow Bears prefer bowl of piping hot soup. Our recipe was inspired by the color of the frozen Artic landscape in the book. This warm and creamy soup is full of potato flavor without being heavy, and a swirl of melted mozzarella cheese will tempt even the pickiest taste buds.
Creamy Potato, Cauliflower, and Mozzarella Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
- about 4 cups cauiflower florets, from 1 medium-large head cauiflower
- 4 cups cubed potatoes, about 2 medium potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 to 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add cauliflower, potatoes, salt, and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until potatoes and cauliflower are tender.
- Remove pot from heat and allow vegetables to cool slightly before blending. Transfer cooked vegetables and liqid to a blender in batches, and blend until smooth and creamy. Return pureed soup to pot and stir in cheese and 1/2 to 1 cup milk to achieved desired consistency. Return pot to medium-low heat to reheat as necessary. Enjoy!
Learn more about Jan Brett and the Three Snow Bears by watching the following video.
Fill long winter afternoons by coloring and assembling this Three Snow Bears mural from Jan Brett's website. Included are the bears and their clothes, Aloo-ki and her dogs, many of the animals from the borders, and even the igloo and other details from the story.
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