- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Stk edition (April 3, 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395185629
- ISBN-13: 978-0395185629
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Katy and the Big Snow Paperback – April 3, 1974
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This old-fashioned tale about one little snowplow's determination in the face of a small-town blizzard has all the charm and moral grit of The Little Engine That Could. This isn't surprising, considering that Caldecott Medal-winning author Virginia Lee Burton (The Little House) specializes in bringing the inanimate to life with endearing illustrations and stories of fortitude and vulnerability. Katy, a red crawler tractor, "could do a lot of things," Burton explains early on. In the summer she is a bulldozer, helping to build and repair roads in the city of Geoppolis. In the winter, she turns into a snowplow, waiting and waiting for her chance to be useful. Most of the winters, though, the snowfalls are mild and the town doesn't need Katy. But when the big one finally hits, the town is buried in page after page of powder. The power lines are down. The doctor can't get his patient to the hospital. The fire department can't reach a burning house! "Everyone and everything was stopped but... KATY!" Suddenly, the entire community is dependent on one little snowplow. Children love witnessing Katy's shining moment of glory and will inevitably admire her "chug, chug, chug" endurance. (Ages 4 and older) --Gail Hudson
"Bright, vigorous pictures with plenty of action and endless detail portray Katy at work for the Highway Department of the city of Geoppolis."
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It is a story about a tractor who loves to work. In the summer she works in construction, and in the winter, she has a plow. The only problem is that there's hardly ever enough snow to need such a big tractor-style plow, so she usually gets left at home while the plow trucks head out. Of course, in the book, there is a giant snowstorm, and Katy saves the day, eventually even rescuing all of the plow trucks.
This is a great story for kids from about 3-9 I would say. It is a pretty quick read, but there are some maps you can study to open up more discussion. One of my favorite parts about it is that the main character is a strong female, but, importantly, the book makes no big deal about this. There is no mention of trying to prove that she is as strong as the males or anything of the sort.