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Over and Under the Pond Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"A contemplative journey through an ecosystem."--USA Today
Time Magazine Best Books of the Year
"Playful and lovely to read aloud. even older budding naturalists will find something to enjoy here."-School Library Journal
"Dazzling."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Conveys the sights and sounds and motions of a peaceful day spent enjoying and observing nature."-The Horn Book Magazine
About the Author
Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than a dozen other books for young readers, including Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the DirtOver and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and How to Read a Story. When she's not writing, she loves spending time outside. Kate lives in New York with her family.
Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and shows his art at various galleries nationwide. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.
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sweeping through reeds. The water's a mirror, reflecting the sky. Sunshine
and clouds - then a shadow below. 'What's down there?' I ask. 'Under the
pond?' Mom says. Under the pond is a whole hidden world of minnows and
crayfish, turtles and bullfrogs. We're paddling over them now.' " And so
begins the third in Messners' Over and Under series. The rhythms and
pattern of the opening pages echo her other two Over and Under books,
creating a familiarity before the book is barely begun. Once again, Messner
uses alteration, rhythm, and rhyme, in addition to descriptive metaphor ("minnows dart though waving
forests of grass") to describe the pond eco-system, both above and below the
waterline. These books are perfect bits of picture book nature
writing: engaging, interactive, educational, fun, and beautifully written
in their simplicity. Beautiful illustrations enhance the story, adding a whole other dimension to the work.
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A great introduction to a pond/wetland ecosystem.Read more