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Monday Clear. 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 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. 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 crows 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.
View 1 comment. Mar 08, Calista rated it liked it Shelves: award-caldecott , ss , bage-children , genre-drama-tragedy. We had a little snow dusting here yesterday, so I thought it was the time to read the book, The Big Snow. Every other page is a color hand painting and every other page is a black and white sketch. The art is really beautiful.
The story is simply animals are getting ready for winter and some fly south and others stay. A big snow then covers the land and the animals have to find food. It has a lot to do with which animals hibernate and which don't. The kids thought this book was ok. They enjoyed th We had a little snow dusting here yesterday, so I thought it was the time to read the book, The Big Snow. They enjoyed the animals and got squirmy toward the end of the book.
Aug 01, Kathryn rated it liked it.
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The illustrations are very nice but the "story" leaves something to be desired. Too, it seemed a bit odd to me that the whole book is about how animals survive the winter in the The illustrations are very nice but the "story" leaves something to be desired. 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.
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. Dec 17, Rosemarie rated it it was amazing. The illustrations are wonderful. Nov 25, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: nature , caldecott , library , children-s-literature , concierge , picture-book. 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. A couple living in a little house comes to their rescue, shoveling out a path, and spreading out seeds, corn and bread for their forest- All the creatures of the forest watch as the geese begin their migration to the South.
A couple living in a little house comes to their rescue, shoveling out a path, and spreading out seeds, corn and bread for their forest-dwelling friends. 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.
Dec 30, Lorna rated it really liked it Shelves: caldecott-challenge , picturebooks. Favorite line: p. Kid-appeal: My seven-year old loved this one and was her favorite of the stack we read all s Caldecott books. Great for animal lovers, and would be excellent in a teaching unit on Caldecott Medal Favorite illustration: p. Feb 22, Arline rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-books. 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. Feb 03, Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it Shelves: kids-picture-book , kids-nonfiction. 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. Jan 21, Ms. B rated it really liked it Shelves: s , picture , s , s , caldecott. Beautiful illustrations and a simple story about animals preparing for the winter. Dec 01, Aly Gutierrez rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-books , reading 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. Talk about the differences and try to understand why each animal does it. Why do birds fly south? Oct 10, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: book-summary-shelf. 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: 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. 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.
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Multimedia connections: Available also in audio cassette. Feb 26, John Matsuura rated it really liked it. 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 The Big Snow tells the story of all the animals in the woods who are getting ready for the winter. 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.
Sep 04, Kennia Torres rated it it was amazing. 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. Dec 07, Chance Lee rated it it was ok Shelves: picture-it.
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