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Little Deer Lost by Janet Bingham and Rosalind Beardshaw

We haven’t had snow yet this winter so we’re reading snowy stories and making footprints with playdough instead! In Little Deer Lost, Silver and Sparkle haven’t seen snow before and their story beautifully captures the wonder and enjoyment of their snowy experiences.

The Story: Silver and Sparkle are playing in the woods when it starts to snow. They flick snowflakes with their tails and make footprints but when it’s time to go home everything looks different so they go round in circles until Mummy finds them. They walk home in her footprints and on their way they meet a snowman who has a basket of carrots for them. At bedtime they snuggle up and talk about how much they love the snow.

Silver and Sparkle have so much fun playing and exploring together, their enjoyment and excitement at their new experience transfers to the reader. They have fun catching snowflakes on their tongues, sliding down hills and making their own snow. They need to be brave when they get lost but the dark shadow that comes towards them is Mummy so their uncertainty doesn’t last for long.

Rosalind Beardshaw’s beautiful illustrations capture Silver and Sparkle’s playfulness and their emotions. The lovely warm pink sky on the first page changes to blue as the story unfolds and the day passes. Snuggled up in their den at the end of the day Mummy, Sparkle and Silver look up at the dark, starry sky and Sparkle and Silver discover that Mummy gave them ‘snow names’.


My daughter made the snowman that Sparkle and Silver find using homemade playdough. Then we made tracks in the snow using toy animals. It was interesting for her to see different footstep shapes and we talked about why some animals need claws and others need webbed feet.

A bonus to this activity was a walk in the woods where we also saw horseshoe shapes in the mud, my daughter was fascinated by the idea of horses wearing shoes!

Little Deer Lost is a great story to use to help children discuss new experiences and how they feel in situations where they are unsure and need to be brave. It’s also a lovely story to use in the classroom as part of a topic on the seasons or for inspiring a session on animal footprints.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Janet Bingham / Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

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22 responses to “Little Deer Lost by Janet Bingham and Rosalind Beardshaw”

  1. Tarana Khan avatar

    Sounds like a lovely book, and I like how you extended the story to this fun activity! #pintorials

    1. Catherine avatar

      The animal tracks activity was really fun and my daughter loved making her own animal tracks in the snow that we had this winter 🙂

  2. Janet Bingham avatar
    Janet Bingham

    What a lovely review of Little Deer Lost, Catherine, thank you. I’m so pleased that you and your daughter enjoyed the book, and that it helped give you ideas for such great activities afterwards!

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Janet, thank you for visiting Story Snug. Little Deer Lost is a lovely snowy read and the activity can be enjoyed by children of all ages 🙂

  3. Orlena avatar

    Such a cute idea and really brings a book to life. #SandyToes Learn Through Play

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great when a book lends itself to a craft. Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂

  4. danielle @ this picture book life avatar

    This book looks so sweet! And I too love the snow scene!!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We had fun with the play dough and it was the perfect activity to go with the book.

  5. L. E. Mastilock avatar

    Sounds like a great story. And how fun to have “snow” play when you can’t have the real thing. It doesn’t snow where I live, so I might use the playdoh snow idea. Thanks for sharing on the Learn Through Play hop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome – it doesn’t look like it’s going to snow here any time soon either!

  6. Crystal @ Crystal's Tiny Treasures avatar

    We borrowed that book from the library last month and the children really enjoyed it. I love your small world play with it; we’ll have to try that next year!

    1. Catherine avatar

      The play dough activity was a lot of fun.
      Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂

  7. Ulrike A. avatar

    What a lovely book – we just might have to get our own copy!

    Julia loves making tracks in the (playdoh) snow. And I love watching the different storylines she comes up with. Schleich animals are great for realistic prints – and she does incorporate her dinosaur as well “we don’t know mommy, maybe they walked in the snow!” Can’t beat 4yr olds logic! 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a beautiful book and we also like A New Home for Little Fox by the same author / illustrator team.

      Have fun with the dinosaur prints, maybe dinosaurs did walk in the snow at some point 🙂

  8. Stacie Theis avatar

    Sounds like a darling story and cover is so sweet. The playdough snow scene is cute too. We live in San Diego so every winter is a snowless winter here!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story. Despite the snow making daily life a bit more of a challenge I’m quite missing it this year!

  9. Destiny avatar

    This sounds like a fun story. But even more, I like how you used it to discuss different types of footprints. Such a creative idea for an extension activity. I’m not so good at that sort of thing just yet–maybe because my little one is only 2. Thanks for sharing not only a sweet sounding book, but also ideas for how to engage kids beyond reading the story.

    Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    1. Catherine avatar

      Often my daughter makes comments as we read which gives me ideas for extension activities. We read lots of books for enjoyment but as a teacher I also look out for fun learning opportunities that are stimulated by a story.

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂

  10. karen avatar

    going to check on that book, sounds really cute. Dino loves to make tracks in the snow…we could even use his Dinosaurs maybe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a cute story. Dinosaurs in the snow would be a great activity too 🙂

  11. boundandgaggedbooks avatar

    Wow. It’s hard for me to imagine a place with no snow right now. We have a couple feet here and it’s -6 right now. Anyway, what a cute activity and a great way to make reading active and engaging beyond the text. It reminds me of learning animal tracks in Girl Scouts and sharing which ones we’d seen before. Anyway, just popping over from KidLit Blog Hop.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It isn’t normal weather for us. we’ve usually had some snow by now. My daughter is desperate to make a snowman!

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂