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The Big Snow and other Stories by Berta and Elmer Hader

Title: The Big Snow and Other Stories – A Treasury of Caldecott Award-Winning Tales

Authors: Berta and Elmer HaderThe Big snow

Publisher: Dover Publications

Published: January 14th, 2015

Rating: 5/5

This collected edition from Dover Publications actually contains three stories – ‘The Big Snow’, ‘Cock-A-Doodle-Doo’ and ‘The Mighty Hunter’, the first of which was originally published back in 1939. Each story is beautifully illustrated with a mix of water colour paintings and detailed pencil sketches relating to the events being described.

In the first story,‘The Big Snow’, the geese are flying south for the winter and, as they travel, they fly over other animals who each explain what they are going to do for the winter. The animal drawings and pictures are superb and really enhance the story which will also inform readers about these animals and how they spend the winter. Once the geese have gone and the snow falls the actions of the animals and humans are described – a delightful tale! Teachers could easily use this story to encourage pupils to investigate habitats, the animals in them and how animals are adapted to the different seasons.

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo – The Story of a Little Red Rooster’ is the second story. Again, it is beautifully illustrated throughout. This tells the story of a little chick who hatches in the nest of a duck and her ducklings and then braves the wild woods to try to get home to the cock from over the hill who he hears calling for him. It describes his encounters with other animals, many trying to eat him, en route and what happens when he grows up on the farm.

The Mighty Hunter’ is the third and final story in this collection. It concerns a young Indian Brave who wanted to be a wise man and mighty hunter. Again, it has superb illustrations throughout which enhance the story but this time a different fond style – nearer to calligraphy – is used for the text. This time it tells of the adventures and animal encounters he has on his way to school – and a lesson that I hope he learnt!

This is an enchanting timeless, compilation, with detailed, beautiful illustrations that children will love to read – and to have read to them!

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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