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Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow


Over and Under the Snow

ratings:
4/5 (128 ratings)
Length:
36 pages
11 minutes
Released:
Dec 7, 2012
ISBN:
9781452123981
Format:
Book

Description

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter s snowy landscape in this magical book.
Released:
Dec 7, 2012
ISBN:
9781452123981
Format:
Book

About the author

Kate Messner is a former middle-school English teacher and the author of E. B. White Read Aloud Award winner The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. and its companion, The Exact Location of Home; Sugar and Ice; Eye of the Storm; Wake Up Missing; All the Answers; The Seventh Wish; Capture the Flag; Hide and Seek; the Marty McGuire chapter book series; the Ranger in Time chapter book series; and several picture books. She lives on Lake Champlain with her husband and two kids. When she's not reading or writing, she loves hiking, kayaking, biking, and watching thunderstorms over the lake. www.katemessner.com @KateMessner


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  • (4/5)
    The title Over and Under the Snow illustrates this story perfectly. It tells the story of life above and below the snow. It is a story of perspective. Life above the snow is subdued. It's quiet. Below the snow life continues. Animals are busy going on with life and trying to stay warm. Some are hibernating. This book would interest kindergarten to fourth grade. Teaching ideas include adaptation, nature, animals, survival.
  • (4/5)
    Simple, appealing text, beautfully designed and illustrated.
  • (5/5)
    This is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction text about live under the winter snow. A dozen animals including beavers, bullfrogs, bumblebees, and hares are mentioned. There’s also a nice appendix at the back for further information.
  • (5/5)
    Lyrical and informative text combines with serene and evocative illustrations for a compelling package. As the narrator and her father ski slowly through the woods, they see evidence of animals above the snow. When the father tells his daughter of the "secret kingdom" under the snow, the reader is presented not only with the goings-on above the snow, but with pictures and text that show how other animals adapt to the winter season. From the shrew and the vole making their way through tunnels, to the queen bumblebee and the bear drowsing in their underground spots, children learn how populated the seemingly quiet winter woods are. The muted palette of Christopher Silas Neal's somewhat retro illustrations adds to the peaceful and rhythmic text. The story on its own beautifully meshes with FCPS's kindergarten and first grade science program of studies, and Messner's backmatter, including notes on each of the featured animals and further reading, is icing on the cake. This title will be enjoyed by children, teachers, and parents.
  • (3/5)
    So so. Words don't feel like a child's voice. Interesting info about the animals but kind of dry. Illustrations are fine but nothing special.
  • (4/5)
    A young girl enjoys a night-time skiing trip with her father in this gorgeous picture-book, while underneath the snow, in the subnivean zone, a host of wildlife is occupied with their own concerns, from sleeping to foraging for food. The snow-bound world seems still and quiet to the girl, but in reality, there is a wealth of activity taking place, just beneath her feet...A simple but informative text (augmented by an excellent afterword that discusses the animals mentioned) is paired with breathtakingly beautiful artwork in Over and Under the Snow, making for a book that is both entertaining and educational! Christopher Silas Neal's mixed-media illustrations are simply enchanting - I was reminded of Julie Flett's work, in Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alfabet di Michif / Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, which is a high compliment indeed - and I came away very impressed that this was his first book. I certainly hope that there will be many more to come! Kate Messner's text encourages young readers to appreciate the beauty of the winter woods, and to look more closely at the world around them. All in all, an excellent work of natural history for the younger picture-books set, and a beautiful work of art. Recommended to young animal lovers, and to anyone who appreciate lovely illustrations!