The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

1949 Caldecott Medal Award

Bibliographic Information:   Hader, B., & Hader, E. (1976). The big snow. New York, NY: Aladdin Books.

Annotation:  This Caldecott Medal Award book is about the big snow that is arriving after the fall season.  The book goes through different forest animals and how they get ready for the change in weather.  The book also mentions what animals fly south, hibernate, or stay up north.  The book finishes, by explaining groundhogs day, and how there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Genre:  Fiction

Grade Level:  2nd – 4th Grade

Interested Readers:  This book could interest readers who like to hear about seasons changing, animals and the winter.  This book could also be used to discuss winter and how animals are affected and snow.  This book would be best for older students, based on the length and the content.

Personal Response and Rating:  I really enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed how the illustrations switched between black and white and colored, and how well written the book was.  I feel the Caldecott medal was a great choice as this book was very detailed and well written.  This book could be used to discuss habitat of animals, and change of season between fall, winter and spring.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  What birds decided they enjoyed the winter and instead of going south, they stayed north?