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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 they can find protection against the icy winds.

It might have been hard for the birds and animals of the ...

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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 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.

Awarded the Caldecott Medal 1949

Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881036046
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    The Big Snow!

    This book was a Caldecott Medal Winner in 1949. This is an informational book and would be appropriate for children ages 4-8. This is a picture book with very descriptive illustrations. This book shows how different animals prepare for winter weather in the forest. How do animals survive during a long, cold, snowy winter? How do the animals get their food? One quote from the book says, ¿Snow, snow, nothing but snow-and the birds and the animals of the hill were very hungry¿. This book is a great resource to use to teach students about the seasons and how certain animals survive during the winter. Husband and wife, Elmer and Berta Header, are the authors and illustrators of this book. They live in the country and love seeing all the animals in the woods around their home. They were inspired to write this book because of the big snows they receive where they live. Header, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Big Snow

    In The Big Snow most of the animals in the woods are getting ready for winter. The geese flew south but Mrs. Cottontail rabbit told her littlest rabbit to ¿eat plenty of cabbage leaves and carrot tops and you will have a thick coat for the winter.¿ They grew thick warm coats to keep them warm while the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. When Christmas came, the wise owls saw ¿a rainbow around the moon.¿ They knew that ¿meant more snow. This is a great book that shows how different animals deal with nature. Some were made so that they could fly south for the winter because they don¿t like cold weather. Others were not able to fly south for the winter but those are the ones that like the snow and are able to adjust their eating habits and grow thick, warm, fur coats. The illustrations in this book are amazing. They paint the picture of the animals in the forest and in the snow. The illustrations bring the story to life. Berta and Elmer Hader live in the country in a house that overlooks the Hudson River. They love animals and treat them like their own pets. They have been inspired by the animals and the big snows that they have experienced in the lives. Berta and Elmer both contributed to the writings and illustrations. Hader, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. New York: Macmillan, 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    The BIG Snow

    Berta and Elmer Hader both wrote and illustrated the wonderful book ¿The Big Snow¿. It was published in 1948 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1949. Mr. and Mrs. Hader have been writing and illustrating books as a team since 1931, and have created many delightful books for children. ¿The Big Snow¿ is about a bunch of animals that live in the forest preparing for a cold winter. Each forest animal knows that when the geese fly south, winter is soon to come. The geese flew south to different climates to stay warm, while other animals stayed in the forest and prepared themselves for the winter by gathering food and finding shelter. While some of the animals fill their stomachs up to hibernate during the winter, others just store their food and like the winter. Although the forest animals are expecting a cold winter, they weren¿t expecting ¿the BIG snow.¿ Snowflake by snowflake began to fall from the sky, when all of a sudden, millions of snowflakes started falling at fast speed. ¿It snowed all that night and all the next day.¿ The thick snow covered everything! When the snow finally stopped, the animals were in trouble. The snow covered their place of shelter and all of the food that they had stored. They were hungry and couldn¿t find anything to eat due to the snow. What will the forest animals do for food? Will they get help or find food to keep them alive during the winter? I really enjoyed this book, and I think it is a beautiful story. The text gives a great lesson in nature and how it works, and the illustrations are done in both color and black in white, which I think is wonderful. The pictures also appear to be really realistic as well. The reading level for this book is third grade, ninth month. Hader, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. Wisconsin: E.M. Hale and Company, 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    The Big Snow

    This book had beautiful illustrations. But I would have loved to have seen every page in color. A majority were in color but there were a few in black and white and made the book less effective. Although I still say that the book did deserve the Caldecott Medal award. The author and illustrator of this book are husband and wife. Their book 'The Big Snow' describes the snow blizzards of 1946. This is a great educational book that could be used in the classroom to learn about birds and migration patterns. I would recommend this book for a 3rd grade reading level. Hader, Berta. Hader, Elmer. The Big Snow. USA: E. M. Hale and Company. 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Caldecott Winner The Big Snow

    Do you ever wonder where all of the animals go in the wintertime? With this great book you will find out. The book starts with Mrs. Cottontail and the littlest rabbit sitting and watching a flock of wild geese. Mrs. Cottontail explains that it, ¿¿means that the cold winter days are near¿¿ The books goes through many animals and tails what the will do for winter. This book is suitable for four to eight year olds. It is a great book that could be used to teach kids about animals and whether or not they hibernate, migrate or just stay put. The books authors are Berta and Elmer Hader who were a husband and wife team. Berta was born in 1890. Elmer was born in 1889. Unfortunately both have since passed. Together they worked on about 70 books. They met in college at the California School of Design and got married in 1919. Hader, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. New York: Simon and Schuster Books, 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Beautiful story and illustrations!!

    Have you ever wondered where all the animals went in the winter? This book is all about these animals and what they go through in the winter. It starts off with a couple of rabbits observing geese flying south, and them talking about the coming winter and what they had to do to prepare for it. Then as the geese fly over several other animals they discuss their plans for the winter, and whether or not they are going south for the winter, hibernating, or toughing it out through the cold days. The illustrations in this book are also very beautiful and won the authors who also illustrated this book a prestigious Caldecott Medal. The authors of this book paired up to write several more books as well, including picture books of the states and Mother Goose. They also wrote countless other children¿s books that have been enjoyed for generations, and their wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations will continue to be enjoyed in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    The Big Snow

    How do you keep warm and healthy through the winter? We bundle up in warm clothing when we go outside, or stay inside where it's nice and warm, right? But what would you do if you all of a sudden didn't have a nice warm house to stay in, or food to eat to keep you alive through the winter? Find out how these animals stayed alive and healthy during the winter after a huge snow comes and covers their homes and food. This was an all right book, however the ending was quite sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    The Big Snow

    What do we all begin to think when we see birds flying south? Winter is on its way! The Big Snow is a beautiful story about animals in the forest preparing for the long cold winter ahead. Some of the animals the animals move south to warmer climates, but those whom stayed behind, found shelter and filled it with enough food for the winter. Birds and squirrels found holes in trees, piling it with worms and acorns. Rabbits and ground hogs began digging warm beds beneath the cold ground. Deer search high and low for fields of vegetation and streams of fresh water, while the raccoons look for dark apertures to rest for the cold winter days ahead. Then came a ¿big snow¿ covering the long tall grasses, and streams, covering the ground were the animals dug for food. Their cry for help came from deep into the forest. The snow was too deep, the tree branches where birds built nests to stay warm, were packed with snow. But because of a little old couple over the hill, throwing out bits and pieces of leftovers the animals could continue to keep a thick and shiny winter coat. This book is great for children to learn about how animals survive the winter times. It emphasizes hibernation and that some animals migrate to warmer climates to stay warm. The pictures are enhanced in black and white with some colored to show the value of the long cold dark winter days. Hader Elmer& Berta. The Big Snow. New York: Simons & Schuster for Young Readers 1948

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    My Review

    The Big Snow is a book about the animals of the forest and the things they do to prepare for winter. The animals know that fall has came and gone and that winter is quickly approaching. Some animals decide to store their food, others feel it¿s not important many begin to fill their bellies to hibernate and the rest, like the geese, plan to head south. The animals expect colder weather and less food, but what they don¿t expect is ¿the big snow.¿ ¿The snow flakes fell faster and faster and faster. Millions of snowflakes fell from the sky. It snowed all that night and all the next day. Thick snow covered the branches of all the trees.¿ Once the snow covers the grass and all the bushes and trees, what will the forest animals and their babies do for food?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Wonderful pictures

    Through out this book the animals are preparing for winter. Some of the birds are flying south so they can stay warm. Others are gathering food so they will not have to go hungry when the snow covers the ground. The night after Christmas there was a rainbow around the moon. The owl knew that meant more snow. ¿Hooooooooooooooo,¿ said the owl as he told others of the big snow to come. The next morning snow covered everything that the eye could see. The animals could not find seeds or berries to eat and they were afraid that they would have to go hungry. Then suddenly the blue jays echoed ¿Food, food, food,¿ they saw an old man and woman putting out food for the animals. This way they would have something to eat. That was the end of the Big Snow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    THe big SNow

    The Big Snow is a wonderful book. The pictures are very pretty. This book talks about how the animals in the forest prepare for a cold and snowy winter. Will the animal be able to get food from anywhere while the snow is on? ¿Snow, snow, nothing but snow- and the birds and the animals of the hill were very hungry.¿ This book would be great for grades 2-6. This book would fit into the informational genre. It provides information on how animals prepare for the winter. Berta and Elmer Hader live in the country in a stone house, which they built themselves. They love the animals of the woods. They actually experience big snow just like the one in the book. This book received the Caldecott Medal in 1949. Header, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1948.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    the big snow

    The Big Snow is about how animals like: rabbits, deer, and groundhogs make their home for the winter! It also gives clues on where to find them in the winter if you ever want to go out looking for them! The Big Snow is realistic/informational because it is very detailed and precise about how animals survive through the winter. It also shows how they know when winter is almost over and that they have a keen sense of the weather conditions. All of the animals knew that when they saw the geese flying south for the winter that winter was just around the corner. The mama rabbit, for example, tells her baby rabbit, 'that the cold days are near and you will be needing a warm coat.' When winter was almost nearing its end, the groundhog peeped out of his hole and said, 'There will be six more weeks of winter', and he went back to his bed to sleep through the rest of it. Berta and Elmer Hader created many books for children. They won the Caldecott award in 1949 for The Big Snow. Other books by them are: Rainbow¿s End, Ding Dong Bell, and The Skyrocket, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Woodland Animal Preparations for Winter Are Upset by Snow!

    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. Anyone who has fed birds in the winter has also fed squirrels (whether they wanted to or not). You obviously should follow the example set in this book and do some feeding as well. Be sure to feed throughout the entire winter, because the animals will become dependent on you and many are territorial. Also, they will need water if there is no open source nearby so fill your birdbath with warm water daily as well. I also suggest you get a field guide to the animals that live in your area, so you can use the information here to spark curiosity in learning more about animal life. Naturally, you have to be able to identify the animals correctly as a first step, and field guides are very helpful for that purpose. If your child and you really enjoy this a lot, you might try bird watching with your child. Where the Birds Are is a good resource for finding great locations in your area. Enjoy being part of the natural cycle of the seasons! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Thanks goodness for the kind and elderly

    This book was very heartwarming. Its great to know that there are still people that are kind hearted and care for the animals in the world today. Gives children morals!!!

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