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5.0 out of 5 stars The Subnivean Zone is too cool, November 7, 2011
This review is from: Over and Under the Snow (Hardcover)
If you are looking for a book to help your young child learn about the winter-time natural world, look no further. Over and Under the Snow gives the reader a unique glimpse of what goes on with some of our favorite creatures when the ground is covered with snow. It combines all the charm and readability of a picture book with great basic concepts of natural science, capped off with illustrations that are nostalgic and perfectly convey a winter's day in the forest.

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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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 7:15:29 PM PST
Is it "Over and Under" visually? Like Up Above and Down Below?

P.S. I didn't know what subnivean meant.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 3:55:45 PM PST
J.Prather says:
Hey Jason,
Not on every page - it's been awhile since I've looked at Up Above and Down Below, but I think it's a lot more detailed. In this book, you see the father and daughter skiing on the surface, and animals are shown below the surface when they are mentioned in the text. I'm still looking for a chance to work subnivean into a conversation :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 5:15:42 PM PST
I'll try to check it out. Good review, BTW.
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