Song of the Swallows

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1950

Song of the Swallows

by Leo Politi

New York: Scribner, 1949

31 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: birds, migration, Spanish language, American history, seasons, gardens

Next: natural history books about birds, birdwatching

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The Little Island

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1947

The Little Island

Margaret Wise Brown, author

Leonard Weisgard, illustrator

New York: Doubleday, 1946

40 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: nature, animals, birds, boats, islands

By the same author: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny

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The Big Snow

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNTER – 1949

The Big Snow

Berta and Elmer Hader

New York: Macmillan, 1948

43 pp.

Ages: 3 +

Interests: animals, birds, seasons, nature, snow, winter

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White Snow Bright Snow


CALDECOTT WINNER – 1948

White Snow Bright Snow

Alvin Tresselt, author

Roger Duvoisin, illustrator

New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1947

27 pp.

Ages: 3 +

Interests: winter, snow, seasons

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The Snowman

Raymond Briggs

London: Puffin, 1978

30 pp

Age: 3 and up

Interests: Christmas, winter, snow, magic

By the same author/illustrator: Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman, UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age, and books for older audiences: When the Wind Blows, and Ethel and Ernest

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Time of Wonder

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Time of Wonder

Robert McCloskey, author and illustrator

New York: Viking Press, 1957

63 pp

ages 4+

Interests: nature, ocean, storms, cottage life, boats

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Tinker Bell (2008)

Rated: G
Length: 78 min
Age: 3+               Commonsense Media sez: 4+

Scary factor: Biggest scare is a brief scene with a hawk; the fairies flee in terror and hide. The hawk has Vidia cornered briefly but she escapes. Two stampedes of Sprinting Thistles are momentarily alarming, but the plants are more of a nuisance than a directed threat.

Intense scenes: the aftermath of the second thistle stampede, in which Tinker Bell has inadvertently destroyed all the work of the entire fairy community, could be emotionally intense for some – along the lines of “she’s in so much trouble!!!”, but things are soon set right again.

Another brief gag: a squirrel is hit in the head with a nut, and bursts into tears. Done for humour, and happens very quickly.

Warning: Excessive Merchandise Alert!

Interests: fairies, magic, nature, seasons, spring

Go to review for 2nd Tinker Bell film – Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
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The Little House

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1943

The Little House

Virginia Lee Burton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942

40 pp

ages 2 +

Interests: machinery, cars, construction, country living, the seasons, and what life was like long ago…

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