The Rooster Crows – 1946 Caldecott Medal Book

The Rooster Crows –1946 Caldecott Medal Book
The Rooster Crows by Maud and Miska Petersham retells many familiar American rhymes and jingles.  Many I had heard before, but some were not so familiar to me.  The vintage illustrations are colorful and detailed, depicting the storylines accurately.  Although we enjoyed this book, I would suggest reading it in smaller bits.  After a while, my kids asked for a different story, but they did enjoy hearing moreat a later time.

Caldecott Criteria:
1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” –Beautiful artwork typical for the time period,with bright colors and details.
2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Yes, these timeless rhymes and jingles deserve the old-fashioned painting-type illustrations this book affords.  (I like this sentence!)
3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.” – Yes – perfect for this type of book.
4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – Yes, each jingle has its own illustration that depicts well the story.  (Seems like you would want to be consistent with  the punctuation.)
5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – The picctures are very appealing for children and adults alike.
Age Range: 1-8
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