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Over and Under the Snow Hardcover – October 19, 2011
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"This book depicting beauty in nature is a gem... Anyone looking for a picture book that also teaches science will love this title" - Library Media Connecton, Starred Review
Marion Vannett Ridgway Book Award Winner: Illustration 2012
"[A] lovely study of the ways animals spend the winter." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot." - Kirkus Reviews
"Beautifully rendered" - The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"Messner packs much information into the serene wintry landscape, beautifully captured in Neal's stunning retro-style illustrations." - The New York Times
"Kate Messier... weaves a nature lesson" - USA Today
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The story is told by a father and daughter who are skiing through the forest. They catch glimpses of squirrels, hares and foxes, and discuss things like bees, voles and chipmunks who are seen under the snow beneath their feet. Perhaps my favorite line is about bullfrogs; "Under the snow, fat bullfrogs snooze. They dream of sun warmed days, back when they had tails". This is a perfect jumping off point for discussions about hibernation, what animals eat in the winter, and even the life cycle. It's a lot packed into a picture book that never loses it's great read aloud flow.
The author's note taught me about the subnivean zone, how it's created and how so many animals need it to survive. She then provided additional information about each animal and how they adapt to the winter. Finish up with a guide to further reading about animals in winter, and you get a surprisingly complete resource that kids will find to be engaging and teachers will find to be useful in planning their winter themed curriculum. Great for preschool through early elementary, or anyone who doesn't know what subnivean means.
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Over and Under the Snow has been a delightful story to share with not only my four year old son, but my two year old daughter as well. They both love discover the animals hidden beneath the layers of snow and then flipping to the back of the book to learn more about them in the animal guide listing. For my son it's definitely all about the learning aspect of it. He's in a stage where he wants to soak up every little bit of knowledge he can about things and adding the magic of the snow made it even that much more interesting for him. As for my daughter, she just loves the fun of finding all the animals hidden in the snow. Now, if only we lived near the snow again!
Kate Messner clearly is an author who loves nature and sharing that love through brilliantly written books for children of all ages. In Over and Under the Snow Messner brings to life the hidden world resting just beneath our feet during the snowy wintry months. Begin sharing and teaching about these fantastic creatures at an early age by introducing the magical journey of a little girl and her father. Our family has loved discovering our "favorite" animals at winter time and thanks to Messner's additional reading sources that are listed in the back of the book our discoveries will continue happening. Over and Under the Snow is an excellent addition to any young reader's library and one that will be loved by the entire family!
My original review was posted at There's A Book.
The art here is a major component of what makes this book stand apart from others in its category. On the artist’s website, www.redsilas.com, visitors can read a back and forth discussion between the author and Christopher Silas Neal, in which they talk about the entire process of creating the illustrations for this book. The team even consulted a nature expert to ensure the accuracy of the animal depictions! The final product is a mix of drawing, painting, print making, and digital art that creates mystery and a sense of serenity throughout the pages.
Teachers will adore this book - it practically gives away its own curriculum. Messner has included not only a detailed explanation of the subnivean zone, but a glossary providing a paragraph with information about each animal she writes about and a Further Reading section containing related books and websites for a deeper dive. Did you know that only queen bumblebees hibernate in the soil and they can produce their own antifreeze if temperatures drop too low? That’s just one of the facts you’ll learn by reading the poetry contained in Over and Under The Snow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my almost-3-year-old and we both love it. The text is a pleasure to read and contains both wonder and scientific inspiration. Read morePublished 18 days ago by M. Sullivan
Beautiful words and lovely pictures. Magical! Reminded me of that xmas poem by dylan thomas, same winter atmosphere. Really enjoyable!Published 20 days ago by Arturo Altuna
This is an interesting children's book about the animals who live underneath the snow, in pockets of warmer air, waiting for spring's warmth. Read morePublished 24 days ago by MS
My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fascinating how God designed everything in nature. And the book is well written and illustrated so that the whole family enjoys it.Published 4 months ago by Kristen Godfrey