Katy and the big snow

by Virginia Lee Burton

Paperback, 1971

Status

Available

Call number

813.52

Collection

Publication

Scholastic, inc (1971), Edition: Revised Edition

Description

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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member chelsealouise
Genre: This is modern fantasy because in real life a snow plow and tractor do not have human emotions and they cannot actually carry on with a mind of their own. Even though it is reality that machines and farm equipment can save lives and save towns and get people out of emergency situations, the
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reality is that people operate them and are behind the machines. This would never happen in real life as it does in this story.

The media that is used in this story looks like marker and ink, but since it was written and illustrated a long time ago, it could have been acrylic paint and different kinds of ink pens for outlining. The brush strokes look big enough and wide enough that it probably wasn't detailed brush stroke painting, and not all of the pages are fully colored. The illustrations are small and detailed enough on the page that they are hard to see and make out the characters unless you really look hard. This might be good for individual readers to read with a buddy or one on one with a teacher for assessments.
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LibraryThing member levi.rose
I liked Katy and the Big Snow because it was cool. Katy had a heart shaped plow. Katy is dependable - the city of Geopolis couldn't make it through the winter without her. I like how the maps showed everywhere in Geopolis.
by Evam, Mackenzie, and Mrs. R
LibraryThing member savannah.julian
Katy is a big tractor who is fitted with a plow for the winter. She sleeps in the city garage until theirs a snowstorm so big that the other plows can't handle the work. When she finally get put on the road she plows the entire town and saves the day. With pride she goes back to her spot in the
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garage and waits for the next storm. The illustrations are fantastic. My favorite page is when she drew a map of the entire town and labels all the buildings. Every page has a hidden detail!
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LibraryThing member maryanntherese
Katy and the Big Snow is all about Katy, the big tractor who is fitted
with a plow for the winter. She sleeps in the city garage until
finally the big snowstorm comes. She must drive around the city
helping people and clearing the roads.

Burton's use of maps and compass directions is helpful in
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introducing
cartography to young readers.

Only when the city is clear does Katy get to rest. Katy exhibits
diligence and perseverance in her work, along with cheerfulness and a
willingness to go out of her way to help others.

This is a good selection for a wintry day. We used it in a "snow" unit
study we did one February.
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LibraryThing member Miss.Barbara
Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.
LibraryThing member bunnyjadwiga
Benjamin likes this book. In this book "The snow plows the book down. The snow plows broke down. Katie goes choo choo choo. "
LibraryThing member dylrmstd
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
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of 1-2.
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LibraryThing member Turrean
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.
LibraryThing member NMiller22
Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.
LibraryThing member claireforhan
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
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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.
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Language

Original publication date

1943

ISBN

0590047922 / 9780590047920

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