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Chanticleer and the Fox – 1959 Caldecott Medal Book

Chanticleer-and-the-fox“Chanticleer and the Fox”, an adaptation from The Canterbury Tales, and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, received the 1959 Caldecott Medal.  This charming book reminded my children of some of the many Aesop’s Fables that they have heard.  I particularly enjoyed that the wit and wisdom of the story’s rooster triumphed over the sly fox.

Caldecott Criteria:

  1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – Pictures in primarily black and white with occasional accents in red, green, blue, yellow, and brown allow for eye-catching illustrations.  Extensive details are evident, my favorite of which are the thatching on the roof and the bee hives in one scene.
  1. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – The story can be followed easily through the pictures.
  1. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.”– The illustrative style used in this book elicits the “Old World” setting of  Chaucer and the prototypical Aesop-like fable.
  1. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – The plot, characters, setting, and information are very clear throughout the book.
  1. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.”– My children enjoyed this book, but I believe it was more for the charm of the story than for the pictures.  Details in the illustrations, however, could be used to discuss many aspects of farm life.
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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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