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The Big Snow Paperback – October 31, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (October 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689717571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Berta and Elmer Hader created many delightful books for children. The Big Snow was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1949.

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Berta and Elmer Hader were born in the late 1800s. They both loved art from an early age. They loved one another from nearly the first time they met. When Elmer returned from World War I they married, built their own home and built an incredible life. They were rich with friends and rich with talent. They created a great deal of magazine art and then, beginning in 1927, book art and writings for children. Their unique style was to both work on the very same illustration, passing a piece back and forth, each adding color, style and character, until they were both satisfied. They won the Caldecott Medal for THE BIG SNOW in 1949 and Caldecott Medal Honors in 1940 for COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO and in 1944 for THE MIGHTY HUNTER. They won accolades and support from adults and children alike during their long and diverse career. Fifty four of their own books were published and they illustrated another thirty seven for other authors. They were honored by their editors, their peers and generations of readers and admirers. That admiration continues today.

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I've read this book several times to my own children and my students.
skcteacher
This book is excellent for helping a child understand how we connect to nature, and what role we can play to help animals during the winter.
Donald Mitchell
I recommend this book to anyone of any age, who loves the winter snows.
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Format: Paperback
This book won the Caldecott Medal as the best illustrated American children's book in 1949. The book's color and black-and-white water color illustrations convey a cross between realistic images of animals and anthropomorphic facial expressions and poses. Each is done in a way that evokes the beauty of nature. Think of this book as having more realistic versions of Walt Disney's Bambi images.
The story serves several purposes. First, it recounts how many different animals prepare for winter. The geese fly south, which alerts the other animals to prepare as well. Most will grow heavier coats if they have fur. Some have grown fat on summer and fall food and will hibernate. Some will hibernate all winter, and others for only a few weeks. We even get the groundhog legend of groundhog's day included here. Others will stay awake all winter, and will search the woods for food. Others, like squirrels, have been storing food. The animals described also include rabbits, chipmunks, robins, cardinals, song sparrows, blue birds, wood rats, crows, wood mice, deer, skunks, raccoons, and owls. The winter habits of each species are described.
Then, the big snow comes and upsets those plans. The animals that do not hiberate and rely on getting food from the ground are suddenly hungry. How will they survive?
Fortunately, there are humans as well. An old man comes out to shovel his sidewalks. Soon after him, an old woman arrives to put out food for the animals on the sidewalks. The animals all congregate there. Both the old woman and the old man feed the animals throughout the winter, saving those ground-feeding animals from starvation.
This book is excellent for helping a child understand how we connect to nature, and what role we can play to help animals during the winter.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ~M-Chan on June 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My four year old son loves this book, and so do I. We live on a bluff and enjoy feeding the wildlife, both in the winter and summer. This book taught my son more about the animals that we feed, and encouraged him to ask questions about them. We both enjoyed the illustrations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By skcteacher on January 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
The story follows a linear plot. The animals begin to notice winter is coming and that certain things need to be done before winter arrives. The story tells the reader which animals can survive a cold winter and which ones hibernate. The story then peaks with "The Big Snow" itself and then travels back into the spring season. This is one of my personal favorites. I've read this book several times to my own children and my students. Coming from a state, Michigan, that has all experiences all four seasons also, this story brings back memories of my own childhood and the scenes of wildlife in preparation for winter and the feeding of deers, birds, rabbits, etc. The story is very strong in the sequence of events from season to season and the signs of the changing season.
Math - Sequence of events, number of month in a year, seasons. Science - Region study of weather, animal hiberation techniques, winter survival, how snow is made and maybe a habitat study. Social Studies - Regions and their seasons, map skills, topography,
Art - Snow pictures, animals, forest homes,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By skcteacher on January 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
The story follows a linear plot. The animals begin to notice winter is coming and that certain things need to be done before winter arrives. The story tells the reader which animals can survive a cold winter and which ones hibernate. The story then peaks with "The Big Snow" itself and then travels back into the spring season. This is one of my personal favorites. I've read this book several times to my own children and my students. Coming from a state, Michigan, that has all experiences all four seasons also, this story brings back memories of my own childhood and the scenes of wildlife in preparation for winter and the feeding of deers, birds, rabbits, etc. The story is very strong in the sequence of events from season to season and the signs of the changing season.
Math - Sequence of events, number of month in a year, seasons. Science - Region study of weather, animal hiberation techniques, winter survival, how snow is made and maybe a habitat study. Social Studies - Regions and their seasons, map skills, topography,
Art - Snow pictures, animals, forest homes,
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Volkert Volkersz on May 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This 1949 Caldecott Award winning book--for illustrations--has stood the test of time and still finds appeal among today's children. While kids may notice that not every page has color illustrations, it does not prevent them from being drawn into the story line beginning with the wild geese flying south signaling that it's time for the other animals to prepare for winter or to leave as well.
New teachers and parents may not be aware of this timeless classic which can be used with primary age students in talking about late autumn, deep winter or even Groundhog's Day! Although the animals have anthropomorphic qualities, their speech is congruent with what they would actually be "thinking" during this season. For example, Mrs. Chipmunk says, "...it's getting cold. It's time for me to retire." It's not as corny as it sounds, and any adult reading "The Big Snow" aloud to children may want to give each animal's "voice" a quality resembling its actual sound.
This children's classic works on many levels, not the least of which is connecting today's children with a book loved by many previous generations.
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