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A Silly Snowy Day

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  175 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
When a tortoise named Shelley decides she wants to stay awake and see what winter is like instead of hibernating with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tortoise say, "Ridiculous!" Shelley is determined though, and sets out to explore the snow and the cold. As she travels from the duck pond to the hilltop, she finds the other animals agree with her parents - a tortoise out in winte ...more
Unknown Binding, 24 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Scholastic Inc.
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Jul 10, 2015 Breanne rated it really liked it
I read another children's books....I really need to get back to reading YA.
Apr 19, 2016 Professor rated it really liked it
MicroMort enjoyed this one-there's getting to say "RIDICULOUS" in various animal voices, winter (which he likes) and animals. Trying to read a message into it could be a bit hard (Shelly is told by everyone from her parents to every animal she meets that tortoises shouldn't be out in winter, she goes out anyway, decides they are right and it's too cold, then she shows them all by being faster than they are, flying through the air, and breaking ice not with her beak but her shell-but then she goe ...more
A. This story is about a little turtle who wants to explore winter. While he explores all sorts of different animals keep telling him to go home that winter is not for turtles. Agains all odds the turtle finds something only he can do in the winter and proves everyone wrong.
B. I relate to this story because the turtle never gave up. I believe this is something important to teach children.
C. I thought this book was really cute with a cute message. But the illustrations are where this book excells
Sherry Thornberry
This little turtle decides maybe he wont hibernate like his parents told hi to and ends up in all kinds of predicaments. Finally, he decides going to sleep would be best. This is a great book to show how parents really do know what they are talking about when they tell their children to do or not do something. This is also a good book to explain to young children why animals hibernate because it does so in a way that is not too verbose and makes sense.
Jan 28, 2014 Charlie rated it liked it
Before I rated the book, I thought of rating it 2 stars. But after I realized what the book is used for, I decided to rate it 3 stars.

This story is about a tortoise named Shelley who wants to go out and see what Winter is like. All the animals she meets says, "A tortoise out in winter? Ridiculous! Finally, Shelly goes back to the shed where her mother and father were sleeping. To end the summary, she goes to sleep.
Apr 30, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing
Preschool age children love to learn new 'big' words and A Silly Snowy Day offers them one, 'ridiculous'. The book also promotes per-reading skills with the repetition in the text. It is a good book to read often until the preschool child learns the story and can pretend to read it to themselves, another pre-reading skill. Pre-reading skills are good predictor points for the child to have success in learning to read in kindergarten. The other plus is my preschool class loves the story and it too ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Marit added it
Shelves: environment
This was an adventurous and sweet story about a tortoise named Shelley who was determined to go outside when it was winter. Everyone told Shelly that it was rediculous that a tortoise was outside when it was winter, and the animals made fun of Shelley and told her that she could not do the same as them. Towards the end of the book Shelley realize that she actually can do something that the other animals cannot do, and that was to go inside her shell when she was about to break the ice. I would u ...more
Dec 01, 2012 Chanelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
A Silly Snowy Day is about a turtle who is curious about what it is like to not hibernate. His parents tell him that it is cold and there is no food but the turtle refuses to listen and is determined to find out about winter. He soon realizes that winter is not for him and loves to hibernate. You can definitely introduce this story while you have teach a hibernation unit. An activity you can do is have students compare different animals' habitats in the winter. Then, you can have students pick a ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is so cute. A nice read.
Kayla Whitlock
Jan 27, 2014 Kayla Whitlock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weather
Cute book dealing with winter. great for prediction and repetition
Vidya Tiru
Jan 24, 2012 Vidya Tiru rated it liked it
A tortoise named Shelley decides she wants to explore winter - find out for herself how it looks and feels instead of hibernating like her parents. Even though her parents say it is ridiculous, she still decides to set out after they are snoring. What she learns out there as a tortoise in winter - in a place out of her comfort zone - makes up the rest of the story. My daughter and I read in a 'I read to you, You read to me' style and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Jan 11, 2015 Theresa rated it liked it
a silly snowy day michael coleman is a book about winter is not for turtles... this story is a crazy sequence of events that a turtle exhibits out in the nature during winter and his return home. found in a second grade classroom
Molly Robbins
This book was pretty boring as I was reading it. You could use this book for upper grades to work on sequencing because the words are not hard but there are a lot of events that the tortoise goes through during the story so you could have your students walk through it to remember where he went. You could have this copy for your whole class so they could refer back to their text to remember all of the events.
Sue Pak
Shelley the Turtle wants to go out and experience winter rather than hibernating. She goes out on an adventure only to find herself wanting to be back home.

This book is appropriate for Kindergarten to 2nd graders. By reading this you can expand to teaching about winter, hibernation, habitats of animals, etc.

This book is also a good book for vocabulary building because it repeats words.
Mckenzie Quade
Mar 30, 2013 Mckenzie Quade rated it really liked it
This book was a comical story that students would love. When teaching a lesson on hibernation this would be a complimenting story. There is a silliness to the book that students would enjoy and laugh at. This is a simple book for reading that could be placed in the classroom library after read aloud to the class. Children could start reading this book independently with practice.
Jan 07, 2014 April rated it liked it
Shelley! This little book was really cute. However, the author states that all tortoises hibernate in winter and that just isn't true.
Katie Lee
Apr 23, 2013 Katie Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelley the tortoise is very curious! Her parents are ready to hibernate for the winter but she doesn't want to. When Shelley goes out and explores the winter season, she realizes that she is better off hibernating! This book deals with having confidence and not doubting yourself.
Karina Espinales
This is great to use to learn about what kind of animals stay inside for the winter. The tortoise wants to go outside to see how the snow is like. All the other animals are surprised that she is outside. It is very repetitive on some parts. But it surely is entertaining.
Natalie Heavrin
This book is about exploring and trying out new things, even if other people think you can't. Kids will like the silly pictures and they will learn that everyone has something they are good at! I also think this book is good for working with the letter "s".
Dec 19, 2007 Shannon rated it liked it
The title of this book blows. This book definately needs a title that reflects the fact that it teaches about reptiles who hibernate. Nothing about the story is silly, and at no point does it actually snow. Who though of this rediculous title??
I liked this story. I read it to children in a first grade classroom and they also enjoyed it and found it to be humorous. I would read it again to children. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite story, but it was cute.
Mar 17, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
This was a cute little story about a tortoise who decides she will not hibernate that year. My kids and I enjoyed the different situations she had to face being awake during winter. Good book for children.
Morgan Thompson
Nov 25, 2015 Morgan Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute little story of a girl tortoise who wants to do things her own way finds out why things are done they way they are. I would read this to a class of Pre-k kids on a cold winter day.
Dec 04, 2010 Cassi rated it really liked it
Great for winter. Cute tortoise book! Ridiculous! is one of the repeating words in the book... great for building vocab!
Oct 08, 2009 A. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: age 6 and younger
Not much is going's exciting when the turtle ran,flew and broke through the ice....for reading enrichment I guess!
Apr 02, 2013 Laci rated it did not like it
Students could read the book along with you very easily and would feel confident in making predictions.
Dianne Norberg
Jan 24, 2012 Dianne Norberg rated it liked it
I liked the illustrations. The tortoise goes out in the winter and slips on the ice.
Marie Gentilcore
Jan 14, 2013 Marie Gentilcore rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A cute story with cute illustrations that both my kids enjoyed! :)
Diamond (kindle lover)
Jan 01, 2012 Diamond (kindle lover) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
awww this story was cute
Shayla Kellum
it waz good
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Coleman was born in Forest Gate, a suburb in east London. Not long after he was born, his family moved a few miles east to Barking. At the time of his arrival, the area was just starting to recover from the damage it had received during World War II. He lived in a house on Bevan Avenue, named after Aneurin Bevan the architect of the National Health Service. He lived in that estate for 20 years. Th ...more
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