Cock-a-Doodle Doo – 1940 Caldecott Honor Book

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo –The Story of a Little Red Rooster, a 1940 Caldecott Honor Book by Berta and Elmer Hader, reminds me of the story of the ugly duckling with a bit of a twist. This chick hatches amidst a flock of ducklings, but soon realizes he is not one of them as he cannot swim and does not look like a duckling. He hears the call of a rooster at a nearby farm and knows he should go toward that animal. He sets out across a forest where he encounters many larger animals of prey, but finally makes his way to a farmyard filled with chickens, a rooster, and yellow chicks.

Caldecott Criteria:

1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – Beautiful illustrations, some in color and some black and white.

2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – The animals are easily recognizable and the overall story is recognizable through the pictures

3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.” – I think the whimsical, old-fashioned illustrations easily lend themselves to the story of a farm.

4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – All of these are very clear, except that I would have liked to have seen emotion in the face of the chick.

5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – This was a fun book to read to my children, and they seemed to enjoy it a lot.

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