In "To Kill a Mockingbird" who did Jem and Scout build a snowman to look like?  

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In chapter 8, Maycomb experiences a rare snowfall, and the Finch children enjoy their day off because school is canceled. Jem comes up with the idea to build a snowman using the thin layer of snow from their yard and Miss Maudie's yard. Jem and Scout use baskets to gather as much snow as they can, and Jem begins constructing a snowman using a mixture of dirt and snow. Scout initially comments that Jem's snowman resembles Stephanie Crawford standing with her hands on her hips. Jem proceeds to add more dirt to the belly and the snowman ends up resembling their overweight neighbor, Mr. Avery. Scout mentions that Jem succeeded in making Mr. Avery "look cross" and when Atticus returns from work, he tells Jem,

"Son, I can’t tell what you’re going to be—an engineer, a lawyer, or a portrait painter. You’ve perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard. We’ve got to disguise this fellow" (Lee, 69).

Jem then races across the yard, grabs Miss Maudie's hedge-clippers and sunhat, and puts them on the snowman. In the end, Jem makes his snowman resemble Miss Maudie, who yells at him from across the yard after seeing his creation.

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The passage that you are looking for is right at the beginning of chapter eight.  Jem and Scout take advantage of the meager amount of snow that falls in town, and attempt to make a snowman.  As they start to build, Jem queries, "Mr. Avery's sort of shaped like a snow man, ain't he?"  Mr. Avery is an older man, who is also a neighbor of theirs; he is a bit gruff and grumpy, and is considered to be a bit of a drunk.  The kids caught him peeing off his front porch one night, and it was rumored that he "sat on the porch every night until nine o' clock and sneezed."  He is also the one that, at the beginning of the chapter, asserted that bad weather was brought on by bad children, and later, the one who helps out so much at Miss Maudie's fire.  So, they make the snowman look even more like Mr. Avery, even making it "look cross."  But Atticus comes home and mentions that Mr. Avery might not like being the model for a snowman, so they grab Miss Maudie's hat an plopped it on the snowman's head, and "jammed her hedge-clippers into the crook of his arm."  So now, the snowmen looked like a Mr. Avery/Miss Maudie mix.  I hope that helps a bit; good luck!

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