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When the geese begin to fly south, the leaves flutter down from the trees and the cold winds begin to blow from the north, the animals of the woods and meadows, big and small, prepare for the long, cold winter ahead when the countryside is hidden under a deep blanket of snow. They gather food and look for warm, snug places in the ground, trees, caves or thickets, where theWhen the geese begin to fly south, the leaves flutter down from the trees and the cold winds begin to blow from the north, the animals of the woods and meadows, big and small, prepare for the long, cold winter ahead when the countryside is hidden under a deep blanket of snow. They gather food and look for warm, snug places in the ground, trees, caves or thickets, where they can find protection against the icy winds.It might have been hard for the birds and animals of the hillside to survive when the Big Snow came if their good friends, who lived in the little stone house, had not remembered to put food out for them.Here, in many beautiful pictures, the Haders show how winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations....

Title : The Big Snow
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ISBN : 9780027379105
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Big Snow Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-05-17 06:21

    * * * Read and reviewed with my niece Emma * * *I was unsure how The Big Snow would go over with Emma. This slow-moving book about what animals do when winter approaches just might be too slow for this little rambunctious 6-year-old. I was pleasantly surprised to find my niece quite attentive throughout. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. This is a Caldecott winner after all. Still, it's from 1949 and its pictures aren't as colorful or in-your-face-cheerful as the books kids are used to these days. Plus, I found this at the library in audiobook format, the sort where you follow along with the narrator in the book and turn the pages when the little bell rings. We'd only tried one before and it was too quick to judge how it went over. Seriously it was over in like 5 minutes. However, veteran reader John McDonough is fantastic. (See this sample his work on Gregory Maguire's Wicked: My concerns that his slow cadence and soft-spoken, Winnie-the-Poohish voice might bore Emma were unfounded. She got lulled into a trance listening to his comforting tone, just like I do whenever I listen to him read. Although this was relatively long for reading time with Emma, we stuck it out through page after page about deer and rabbits and squirrels and chipmunks and raccoons and moles and mice and bluejays and bluebirds and cardinals and get the picture. Every page gives a slightly anthropomorphic take on what each animal is thinking when they see or don't see geese flying south for the winter. It's perhaps a bit ponderous and unnecessary to include EVERY DAMN ANIMAL in the forest, but like I said, we were captivated.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-12 02:20

    The illustrations are very nice but the "story" leaves something to be desired. It is repetitive yet not informative enough (covering many different animals and whether they do or do not migrate for the winter, yet not saying *why* often enough) and is loooong -- *I* was bored, I can't imagine a child sitting through it being entertained, unless they were very interested in the animal illustrations. Too, it seemed a bit odd to me that the whole book is about how animals survive the winter in their own ways, yet at the end the kindly humans come and feed them? I know it was meant well, though (especially since the back cover blurb mentions that the couple is modeled after the Haders themselves, who loved their animal neighbors). As a side note, any "Little House" fans out there might be interested to learn that Laura Ingalls Wilder met Berta (Hader) in 1915 when Laura visited her daughter Rose in San Francisco. Rose and Berta were good friends and shared a house at the time, and Laura liked Berta very much and called her "the little artist girl." I learned this by reading Laura's letters in West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915 just last week (what a coincidence as otherwise I'd never have paid attention to Berta's name!) and you can read more here:

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-05-12 05:58

    A little author intrusion is a perfect sometimes. I loved the illustrations. I loved how we saw every animal getting ready for winter. And how they wound up needing a little help all the same. Beautiful book and well worth the Caldecott medal. My only wish would be that all the pages would be in color and not just some of them.

  • Aly Gutierrez
    2019-05-06 09:02

    *Book summary-Depicts through a story, how different animals live through the winter months. The personified animals prepare for winter by gathering food, preparing to hibernate, or fly south. The winter came, and a little old couple helped the animals that were still around for winter. They provided food, and the animals gathered to enjoy. They wait for the ground hog to see his shadow to end winter.*Caldecott Medal*Grade level, interest level, Lexile -K-3*Appropriate classroom use (subject area) -Use while teaching about animals during a science lesson. *Individual students who might benefit from reading -Students that enjoy learning about animals would enjoy this book.*Small group use (literature circles) -Have students analyze what animals did what to prepare for winter. Talk about the differences and try to understand why each animal does it. Why do birds fly south?*Whole class use (read aloud) -Go through the book and then have students talk about the different ways an animal might prepare for winter. *Related books in genre/subject or content area-“White Snow Bright Snow” by Alvin Tresselt is a relatable book about winter and the snow that comes along with it. *Multimedia connections -Available as an audiobook or on a Kindle.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-20 08:05

    Book summary: This is an award-winning book. This book is about how various animals usually woodland animals prepare for the winter. It also shows how they find food after a big snowstorm with some help from human friends. This book can be educational to children. Grade level: 1-5. I probably wouldn't use this much for the young kids such as in kindergarten because there were lots of words on each page. Appropriate classroom use: I think this would be a good educational animal book for the kids. I would show them the pages and have them tell me what kind of animal it is and then they can learn more on how those animals act in the winter. They could also do a worksheet or activity involving that. Indv. students who benefit: Students who are really excited about nature and wildlife and want to know more. Small group use: This could be done in literature circles so kids could one-by-one work on their reading skills. Whole class use: The only way I would have younger students read this is to read aloud. Related books: Other picture books or caldecott medal winners. Multimedia connections: Available also in audio cassette.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-04-22 02:13

    All the creatures of the forest watch as the geese begin their migration to the South. This is the sign that they need to be well prepared for winter. Coats thicken, burrows are dug or warm caves found, stores of seeds and grain are secured. But when the big snow comes it is difficult for the squirrels, deer, cardinals, and other woodland critters to find food. But a couple living in a little house comes to their rescue, shoveling out a path, and spreading seeds, corn and bread out for their forest-dwelling friends. What a lovely story of nature’s effects on the animals of the forest. I can almost hear the snowflakes falling, faster and faster, until they cover everything. The illustrations are beautiful … showing the hustle and bustle of preparations, the delight in a first snowfall, the quiet serenity of a forest blanketed in white.

  • John Matsuura
    2019-05-06 02:05

    The Big Snow tells the story of all the animals in the woods who are getting ready for the winter. It starts out by following the geese south and then explains what each animal does for the winter. This book is a great way for children to learn about wildlife and how they prepare for cold weather and snow just like we do. The illustrations in this book were outstanding. The variations of different art styles is what really amazed me. One page would be drawn by what seemed to be pencil, while the next was a colorful watercolor landscape. Overall I found this book to be very pleasing.

  • Lorna
    2019-04-25 02:14

    1949 Caldecott Medal Favorite illustration: p. 30-31 Two page spread of the houses shrouded in snow.Favorite line: p. 34 The sparrows, the chick-a-dees, the cardinals, and a lonely robin scrambled out from their shelters and flew from tree to tree, trying to find a place to perch on the heavy snow-laden branches. Kid-appeal: My seven-year old loved this one and was her favorite of the stack we read (all 1940s Caldecott books). Great for animal lovers, and would be excellent in a teaching unit on snow/winter.

  • Kennia Torres
    2019-05-09 07:10

    This is a lovely book to read on a winter day, has a great story line of all the forest animals and how they prepare for Winter to come. The big storm that comes does not allow the forest animals to gain more food until a lovely man and woman begin to put out seeds and nuts for the animals. The rejoice and they can live through the winter thanks to the man and the woman. This story portrays great kindness and care to teach the importance of giving.

  • Chance Lee
    2019-04-26 02:16

    Long book about animals who do not migrate during the winter. Similar to "Over and Under the Snow," which I read today, except much longer. It's an older book, so it's interesting to see how older children's books used many more words. I think kids today would be bored with it, because it does drag, and there isn't much of a story at all.

  • Arline
    2019-05-01 06:01

    This would be a good book for the late fall. Then you could look outside for some of the evidence of animals getting ready for the winter. This book would be a good hook for a science lesson on weather, animals, migration and hybernation. Students could choose an animal from the story to research. You could focus on why an animal prepares for the winter one way and not another.

  • Baranie
    2019-05-07 10:15

    A beautiful book about animals in the winter. A perfect read for today since it ends on Feb 2- Groundhog Day and we put seeds out for our hungry animals in the snow.

  • John
    2019-05-02 06:01

    Caldecott Medal, 1949 Art Medium: WatercolorFavorite illustration: page 25Favorite line: "Snow, snow, nothing but snow--and the birds and the animals of the hill were very hungry."

  • Tatam Kramer
    2019-05-08 10:07

    In Hader's "The Big Snow" various animals begin to prepare for winter. Before snow begins to fall all the animals involved within the story claim that they will be fine for the change in season, while the geese fly South. Undoubtedly the snow begins to fall heavily and the animals are faced with the problem of an efficient amount of food to allow them to survive throughout the storm. To their luck a friend aids them through their journey, and the animals are nourished throughout the story. What caught me interest within this book was the fact that suspense was initiated since the first page. Right away it was obvious that a problem would arise. Within the book, the illustrations depicted alongside the literary element of personification the book reaches out to children to allow them to connect with the animals. Hader won a Caldecott award for "The Big Snow" and I believe that it was rightfully given. The pictures depict a realistic sensation that allows the reader to visualize what could possibly be happening in reality. Overall I enjoyed reading this book because the personification allowed me to put myself in the shoes of the animals to understand how they feel within their situation. I would recommend this book to my peers because it is a fun read, and enjoyable for all ages.

  • Chaitra
    2019-05-10 05:17

    This wasn't a bad book, it was just boring. There was a lot of description about what each animal in the woods was going to do for the winter. It was amusing to begin with, but when it went on and on with little variation in description, it got tedious. Animals either went or didn't go and hunted for food or they didn't go and hibernated. This is the gist. By the time the big snow came my son had already run off to play with something or other, and he couldn't be lured back. After the big snow, the animals get food from an old lady and her husband, which is kind of cute. But then again, even though I know why some animals don't go south, and how they survive, I ended the book contemplating the hubris of these particular animals. Which shouldn't have been the case.I'm not sorry I read it, and the illustrations were fine (most in black and white and some in color - it reminded me of one of my aunts' wedding album when color photos were expensive. Only some of the big moments were in color). I did wish the preparation for winter was compressed, several animals could have been grouped together since they did the same thing. And that ending. I disliked that ending.

  • Volkert
    2019-05-01 05:00

    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, "'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. (May 17, 2001.)

  • Tori Bate
    2019-04-30 07:18

    The big snow is a wonderful book that can teach children about animals and how they prepare for winter. I loved the way the author approached the changes of animal life in the winter through the beginning all the way to the end when the snow finally went away. It talks about how the animals store food and how some may hibernate, it is a good informational text with a charming story. The paper on the book is thick and easy to turn and the text is fairly large. The book is longer than a regular picture book with large paragraphs on the pages. It includes words that younger readers would not know. The colors are bright at the beginning but become more muted as the snow drifts down and covers the forest where all the animals live.While I greatly enjoyed the story, I believe some children may be bored; but a child with a strong love of animals would greatly enjoy this book. Hopefully, you will take a chance on this book as I believe children could learn a ton from this text but be wary if you child needs bright and colorful stories to keep them interested.

  • Nicole Grote
    2019-05-11 08:12

    The story follows many different animals from fall time into winter and then spring as they talk about what they must do to get ready for winter since it’s almost here. When winter finally does arrive some of the animals realize there isn’t as much food as they thought there was but luckily for the animals, an old man and woman put food out to help them get by. The illustrations in this book are interesting because some appear to be done in sketch pencil while others look like paint. Another interesting thing is that a select few of the photos are in color while the others are in black and white. I can’t find a connection between the pictures in color, but I would like to think the illustrator had a purpose for making only certain pages colorful. It's a nice easy read that could be a good read aloud book for a class or one on one with a child. It would also be a good book to read when talking about either the seasons or what animals do for food, since the book gives the reader a window into that part of animal life.

  • Brittney
    2019-05-04 05:05

    This book was adorable. This book is about how the animals began to notice that the seasons were changing, specifically the geese flying south for the winter. With the geese flying south, that prompted the rest of the animals in the forest to notice and begin to prepare for the winter that was upon them. The book would then begin to list many of the other animals that live in the forest, and how they would either prepare to leave for the winter, or prepare to stay instead. I loved the attention to detail that the illustrator put into the illustrations. I felt that the animals were all drawn so clearly, and I found it interesting the use of minimal color that was on the pages. Some pages were colored, but the rest of the pages were black and white and I found that interesting, although I would have liked to see all of the pictures in color if at all possible. A book about animals (personally speaking) can only garner so much interest so I found myself getting a little bored at the end, but the story was genuinely very cute and innocent in tone.

  • Christine
    2019-05-15 02:00

    I really loved the artwork in this one. The few full color illustrations are particularly striking and beautiful. The rest of the book is in black-and-white which isn't as visually bold, but I very much appreciated the detailed, realistic renderings of the various animals. The story itself follows these different animals and whether they migrate or stay put of the winter. It was a bit odd that right after explaining how so many animals prepare for winter, the book ends with a kindly human couple providing them food when they are hungry. The story is on the long side for a picture book, so it definitely has the potential for a child's attention to wander. I read it to my son when he was settling in for a nap, which is really the only time I can read anything longer, quieter, and not-rhyming -- at least for now! But any child with an interest in animals would probably love this for the illustrations alone.

  • Maddelyn Skeen
    2019-04-30 01:59

    This book was a 1949 Caldecott winner that expresses the changing of the seasons and what occurs as fall arrives and slowly turns to winter. As I read this book, I thought of how it could be used as a classroom lesson for younger kids about the different seasons and what happens. The book talks about what all of the animals need to do to make it through the long winter coming. The birds fly south, squirrels gather seeds and nuts that they can store in their cozy homes, and all of the animals work to find a place where they can be protected from the cold winter weather. The illustrations in this book were amazing to me. They truly told the story by themselves and the text was an addition. The illustrations were beautifully done and looked so real. It is a great view of what the winter looks like for the animals when you are teaching this to young children.

  • Erica
    2019-04-24 03:20

    I wasn't sure how this one would go over with my soon-to-be 4 year old, as it is a fairly long, repetitive, and detailed read (in comparison to most books read to children of a similar age). However, she was highly attentive throughout, and she seemed interested to learn about all of the animals referenced, even asking questions about those she was unfamiliar with. The book offers little ones insight into how various woodland animals survive and find food through the long, cold, snowy winter months.

  • Hannah Rogers
    2019-05-03 04:00

    SummaryThis book tells the story of how woodland animals prepare for winter. It explains how some animals migrate and some stay and prepare by gathering food and hibernating. EvaluationThis book is an Caldecott medal winner. It has beautiful illustrations and it is appropriate for beginning readers. Teaching TipI would read this book aloud to kindergarteners because they learn about the seasons in kindergarten. This book would be perfect to read during a lesson about winter and how animals prepare for the winter season.

  • Joan
    2019-04-23 03:18

    In this wonderfully-illustrated children’s picture book, the geese head south, the forest animals don their heavy coats, and winter comes to the woodland. But what happens to the animals when the Big Snow comes? A recipient of the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, the appealing illustrations add to the charming story, certain to delight young and old alike.Highly recommended.

  • Meltha
    2019-05-02 05:58

    The artwork in this, a mix of black and white with full color, is extremely pretty and highly accurate. The animals could practically be scientific drawings, and yet they remain very engaging and just generally good. The story is simple: some animals go south, others stay, and an elderly couple feeds them when they're hungry. It's a bit longer than usual, but a good, solid children's picture book.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-02 10:28

    The Big Snow is a great book to read in conjunction with an animal unit. I love the deer illustrations the most. I like how the book has some pages that are only pencil illustrations and some that are in full color. This would be a good book to teach about the seasons as well. I would recommend this for Kindergarten or first grade.

  • Carli Erickson
    2019-05-02 04:10

    "The Big Snow" won a Caldecott Medal for obvious reasons, its illustrations are very pretty and detailed. This book has a great message and is a longer children's book with fairly simple words. I think 2nd graders would enjoy this book around winter or Christmas time to talk about seasons and animals.

  • Maria Rowe
    2019-05-16 10:04

    • 1949 Caldecott Winner •I like that the authors / illustrators had a little cameo in this book. Hahha This is a good book about what different animals do when it starts to get cold (hibernate, go south or stay where they are). The illustrations are great in this. I can see why this won a Caldecott! Materials used: unlistedTypeface used: unlisted

  • Sandra Welshan
    2019-04-25 08:00

    I really enjoyed the black and white images. The details and feel of these images really aided the story. On the other hand I was not fond of the color images. For some reason they felt out of place within the story. They also appeared blurred and grainy. I prefer the black and white illustrations.

  • Allie Porch
    2019-05-11 06:17

    The illustrations were beautifully done. I wish all of them, not just some, were in color! It seems like it would be a little hard to keep young kids' attention with the storyline. But it is fun how it includes so many different types of animals.