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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
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Oct 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-literature, nonfiction, nonfiction-childrens, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

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.
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Carmen Great review.


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