The Big Snow

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The Big Snow
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First edition
Author Berta and Elmer Hader
Illustrator Berta and Elmer Hader
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Macmillan Publishers
Publication date

The Big Snow is a book by Berta and Elmer Hader.[1] Released by Macmillan Publishers, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1949.[2]


The Big Snow tells the story of how the woodland animals prepare themselves for the upcoming winter. The animals after seeing the leaves fall down and how fast the days begin to darken they know that it is winter time, as a result the geese fly south looking for sunshine and clear sky while the rest who had to stay also start to get ready to the cold weather for example some animals big and small growth thicker fur, others dig under the ground to keep warm but the most important is that all the animals gather a lot of food for the whole winter.


  1. ^ Berta and Elmer Hader
  2. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
Preceded by
White Snow, Bright Snow
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Song of the Swallows