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Over and Under the Snow Paperback – September 9, 2014
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Gliding through the woodland on skis, a girl and her father watch for signs of animals. A squirrel’s tail flashes red as he disappears down a crack in the snow. A fox steps into view. Guided by her father, the child becomes increasingly aware of “the secret kingdom beneath the snow,” where voles pass through tunnels, bullfrogs sleep in mud, and a queen bee hibernates in the ground. A few appended pages offer more information about the animals mentioned and recommend books and websites for further reading. Neal’s artwork, mixed media with digital elements, uses the white snow to isolate images of the people, animals, and trees within the natural setting. Cutaway views show what is happening beneath the snow as well as on its surface. Reminiscent of linocut prints, the illustrations have a retro look that suits Messner’s precisely worded, effective story. A good choice for winter reading, this quiet but eye-opening picture book could heighten a child’s awareness of the natural world. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot." - Kirkus Reviews
"Kate Messier... weaves a nature lesson" - USA Today
"Beautifully rendered" - The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"[A] lovely study of the ways animals spend the winter." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Throughout the book, Neal's crisp, clean mixed-media illustrations cleverly provide above- and belowground views, and Messner's back material will educate children about the subnivean zone and animal adaptations" - School Library Journal
"Messner packs much information into the serene wintry landscape, beautifully captured in Neal's stunning retro-style illustrations." - The New York Times
"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
"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
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