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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow (1943)

by Virginia Lee Burton

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A favourite around here. Includes interesting maps of the town as Katy uncovers it and discusses compass directions. ( )
  shanlouise | Nov 16, 2016 |
33 months - We have enjoyed many books from this author and I thought it would be fun to read a few more over the next couple of months I'm not sure O enjoyed this one as much as The Little House or Mike Mulligan (which we absolutely LOVE!). However this is a great book for introducing kids to maps. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
My students love this one: the storm, the little map, the brave and powerful plow. The only aspect of the story that makes this a lesser tale than Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel is that we know nothing about the driver. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Katy and the Big Snow is about a plow that has to deal with a huge snow storm. Can she help her town from being trapped by snow? This book had a great message of hard work and perseverance and I would use it in my classroom to highlight those characteristics. This book would be great for the grades of 1-2. ( )
  dylrmstd | Sep 26, 2013 |
This is a classic book about a snow plow who saves the city after a huge snow. Even though Katy gets really tired from plowing the streets, she wont stop until everyone who needs her help (the hospital, post office, fire station etc.) can get to where they need to be.

The illustrations are really fabulous. A lot of small detail, but also very simple. There a some really cool borders of other trucks in the city, and a lot of white space is utilized to give the feel of snow. ( )
  claireforhan | Mar 12, 2013 |
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This old-fashioned tale about one little snowplow's determination in the face of a small-town blizzard has all the charm and moral grit of The Little Engine That Could. This isn't surprising, considering that Caldecott Medal-winning author Virginia Lee Burton (The Little House) specializes in bringing the inanimate to life with endearing illustrations and stories of fortitude and vulnerability. Katy, a red crawler tractor, "could do a lot of things," Burton explains early on. In the summer she is a bulldozer, helping to build and repair roads in the city of Geoppolis. In the winter, she turns into a snowplow, waiting and waiting for her chance to be useful. Most of the winters, though, the snowfalls are mild and the town doesn't need Katy. But when the big one finally hits, the town is buried in page after page of powder. The power lines are down. The doctor can't get his patient to the hospital. The fire department can't reach a burning house! "Everyone and everything was stopped but... KATY!" Suddenly, the entire community is dependent on one little snowplow. Children love witnessing Katy's shining moment of glory and will inevitably admire her "chug, chug, chug" endurance. (Ages 4 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Katy, a red crawler tractor, belonged to the Highway Department of the City of Geoppolis. She was not used in winter, however, until a huge snow storm snowed in the whole city. Then Katy plowed out everyone.

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