The Storm

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1985

The Storm

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

illustrated by Alan Marks

Age: 6+

Interests: ghost stories, folktales, storms

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The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

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The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

by Cynthia Rylant

illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Age: 4+ (read to); 6+ (independent reading)

Interests: animals, cats, dogs, mice, ocean, boats, weather More

Bambi (1942)

Bambi

Released: 1942

Rated: G

Length: 70 min.

Age: 5+         (commonsense media says 5+ too)

Scary Factor/Violence: one antler-slamming battle between Bambi and another stag; terror-stricken animals flee a large forest fire; a scary fight with vicious hunting dogs; gunshots are heard but deaths occur offscreen

Intense Scenes: death of Bambi’s mother (see full review for description)

Interests: animals, forest, nature, seasons, deer

Next: book Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

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The Wind Blew

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1974

The Wind Blew

by Pat Hutchins

Simon & Schuster, 1974

28 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: wind, weather

Other books by this author: Rosie’s Walk, Don’t Forget the Bacon!, The Doorbell Rang, The Surprise Party, Clocks and More Clocks

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The Snowy Day

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1963

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

New York: Viking Press, 1962

28 pp.

Ages: 2 +

Interests: snow, winter,

Also by this author: Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, Goggles!

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The Gold Rush (1925)

The Gold Rush  (1925)

Written, directed by, starring: Charlie Chaplin

Rated:  — (unrated)

Length:  95 min. 1925 release / 72 min. 1942 re-release

Age: 5 and up          Commonsense Media sez: 8 +

Scary Factor: Little Tramp menaced periodically for comedic effect; two men struggle over a shotgun which is always pointing at the Tramp; he is also chased by starving, hallucinating miner with a gun and then an axe; cabin tipped precariously on edge of precipice; all threats are treated comically and violence is bloodless and kept at a distance

Intense Scenes: a wanted criminal shoots and kills two police officers before perishing in an avalanche

Other: a bear is shot offscreen for food; some smoking and drinking

Interests: old movies, silent movies, arctic adventure, history

Versions: restored 1925 print is 95 minutes long, with piano music and title cards; 1942 sound release is 69 minutes long, has an orchestral score, no title cards, narration written and performed by Charlie Chaplin

Next: other Chaplin – Modern Times, City Lights

See also: Top 5 Silent Movies for Preschoolers
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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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Tim All Alone

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1956

Edward Ardizzone, author and illustrator

London: Oxford University Press, 1956

46 pp

3 +

Interests: adventure, ships, ocean, storms, travel

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