* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great book: Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (1943, Houghton Mifflin Company).
Time to Read: short and sweet; the illustrations alone are worth some extra time
Summary: “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.”
Best Quote: “Then she went home to rest. Then…and only then did Katy stop.”
Our View: The most familiar of Virginia Lee Burton’s books, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, only recently drew our attention to this particular book about a big tractor that includes a very important set of implements and one very very important snow shovel. My 8-year old especially enjoys the illustrations that Burton so beautifully crafts across each page. The details and words and ideas represented in these drawings alone make this book a must-have for your secret book room! There is a classic, maybe even nostalgic, feel to it. The character of Katy is also very important as this story’s core narrative is about taking care of your community and each other and doing what’s right even when it is difficult…and not losing heart until the job is done.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Katy Cubes” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.