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Best Children's Picture Books About Winter and Snow

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Katy and the Big Snow
Cover art of children's picture book Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Houghton Mifflin
Young children love the story of Katy, a big red crawler tractor who saves the day when a huge snowstorm hits the city. With her big snow plow on, Katy responds to cries of “Help!” from the police chief, the doctor, the superintendent of the Water Department, the fire chief and others with “Follow me,” and plows the streets to their destinations. The repetition in the story and the appealing illustrations make this picture book a favorite with three- to six-year-olds.

The illustrations include detailed borders and a map. For example, a border with illustrations of the City of Geoppolis' trucks, diggers, and other heavy equipment surrounds an illustration of the Highway Department's building where all the vehicles are kept. A map of the City of Geoppolis with lots of red numbers on it includes a border of numbered illustrations of important buildings in the city that match the numbers on the map. Virgina Lee Burton, the award-winning author and illustrator of Katy and the Big Snow, won the Caldecott Medal in 1942 for her picture book The Little House, one of my childhood favorites. Burton's Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is another family favorite. Compare prices. (Houghton Mifflin, 1943, 1973. ISBN: 0395181550)

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