The more it snows tiddely-pom
The more it goes tiddely pom,
The more it goes on snowing.
And nobody knows tiddely-pom,
How cold my toes tiddley-pom,
How cold my toes are growing.
A.A. Milne’s poem has been swirling in my head all day as the snow keeps coming down. Yeah! We are at two feet and counting. It’s the perfect time to bundle up with some great folktales that involve snow.
The first story I thought of was The Month Brothers by Samuil Marshak, illustrated by Diane Stanley. It’s a twist on the Cinderella tale but here the cruel step- mother demands that her stepdaughter find snowdrops in the middle of fridgid, snowy January. Luckily the little girl meets twelve magical brothers in the frozen forest and they make the impossible happen. I have loved this story since it was published in the 80’s. Rereading it today I can tell you it is as good as ever.
Another Slavic twist on this story that I like is Little Sister and the Month Brothers by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and illustrated by Margo Tomes.
Jan Brett has set a number of stories in the wintertime such as Trouble With Trolls, Christmas Trolls, and Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? which all have a Norwegian “heritage” if you want to call it that. Then there’s The Three Snow Bears, an Inuit version of The Three Bears taking place in Alaska. Everyone’s favorite is probably The Mitten, a lovely retelling of a Ukrainian folktale, but in our house with a hedgehog loving youngest son, her original folktale The Hat was an even bigger favorite. And my daughter just reminded me that her all-time favorite is Jan Brett’s early and perhaps one of her best, Annie and the Wild Animals.
And if that doesn’t set you up for snow stories, check out The Legend of the Lady Slipper by yours truly and Margi Preus. Noah’s Mittens is also centered around snow as well as The Race of the Birkebeiners.
I see that I wrote about this topic back in 2011. For more suggestions check out that post.