snow memoryIn The Giver by Lois Lowry, young Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memories. Because his people control the weather, he’s never seen snow. The first cultural memory transmitted to him from The Giver is of snow.

Here’s how Lois Lowry writes Jonas’s first encounter with the idea of snow. Notice how she uses many senses to communicate snow’s feel to readers:

Then he shivered. He realized that the touch of [The Giver’s] hands felt, suddenly, cold. At the same instant, breathing in, he felt snowthe air change, and his very breath was cold. . . Now he became aware of an entirely new sensation: pinpricks? No, because they were soft and without pain. Tiny, cold, featherlike feelings peppered his body and face. . . He could see a bright, whirling torrent of crystals in the air around him, and he could see them gather on the backs of his hands, like cold fur.

Now it’s your turn: Describe an object or a weather occurrence for someone who has never seen it or experienced it before. Use the senses of touch, taste, temperature, sight, sound, and so forth.

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