Publishing: Macmillan, New York, 1948 (copyright renewed in 1976)
Awards: Caldecott Winner
Description: This book starts with geese flying south for the winter and many different types of animals observing this phenomenon and preparing in their own ways for winter. As winter arrives the days get shorter and a heavy, heavy snow falls. The animals each come out when it is over, and they feed on a banquet of seeds put out by a little old lady who lives on the edge of the woods. Finally, a groundhog comes up on a sunny February 2nd and pronounces that there will be six more weeks of winter. The drawings jump between black and white and color. The geese are beautifully incorporated as a border on the first few pages, and small illustrations are interspersed with text on a couple of pages. The endpapers are a gorgeous teal blue with large, white snowflakes.
Programming: This book focuses on animals preparing for the winter, so students might discuss or write about things that they or their parents do to prepare for the winter or for a snow storm. Students might make a pine cone bird feeder or otherwise feed some of the animals such as the ones in the story. Finally, the text mentions a groundhog, so this might be a good book to read on groundhog’s day to explain the tradition.