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The Big Snow Paperback – October 31, 1993

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Here, in many beautiful pictures, the Haders show how winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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

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

Berta and Elmer Hader created many delightful books for children. The Big Snow was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1949.
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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2001
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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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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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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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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What can I say about a Cauldecott winner to make it any greater. Since I come from the land of ice and snow, i.e., the Northeast, I have an affection for the book. I had a copy for my own children and as time has gone on, I have bought a copy for my grandchildren.
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This story of how animals survive the winter snows is not only wonderfully written, but has great illustrations-a must in any book I buy for children. The story shows how our Creator put within each animal the ability to live and survive in our world.
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It's the end of the year, and the animals all begin their preparations for the winter. Some head off to warmer climes, while the rest do what they must to survive in the cold. Then the snow begins to fall, and the animals survive and thrive in a new and different environment. And finally they see that winter's grip is beginning to slip, and spring is right around the corner.

This is a very nice children's book. It tells a nice, gentle story that is very interesting, and yet tells the true story of what life is like for animals in the winter. Indeed, I must say that it was a really fitting book for this long and cold winter! My five-year-old really liked the book, and I was glad to read it to her. We both highly recommend it.
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