Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow


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Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter s snowy landscape in this magical book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811867849
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/19/2011
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 350,374
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kate Messner is a middle school teacher and the author of several books for young readers, including the Sea Monster series. She is the recipient of an E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and she lives on Lake Champlain.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author who regularly contributes to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and creates book covers for various publishers. He has directed short animated videos for Kate Spade and Anthropologie and was awarded a medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work in motion graphics.

He illustrated the acclaimed picture books Over and Under the Snow and Lifetime, both of which explore the natural world. Over and Under the Snow, with author Kate Messner was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and won an E.B. White Honor Award in 2012. He recently contributed art to New York Times Best Seller, Goodnight Songs a collection of poems by author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Neal's self-authored book debut "Everyone" will be published by Candlewick press in 2015.

He exhibits drawings at galleries and speaks at events around the world. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn and teaches Illustration at Pratt Institute.

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Over and Under the Snow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While a great book for talking about the season of winter, it doubles to talk about descriptive words, prepositions, alliteration. Just listen to the words: "Over the snow I glide, past beech trees rattling leftover leaves and strong, silent pines that stretch to the sky. On a high branch, a great horned owl keeps watch. Under the snow, a tiny shrew dodges columns of ice; it follows a cool tunnel along the moss, out of sight." Wonderful contrast structure throughout of over and under, delightful use of imagery, and delicious use of language (all those sibilant s's).
Sheri1032 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nature at it's best...reminds me of "Owl Moon" when father and daughter wander about in and appreciate nature together. Great winter storytime book or evening storytime read.
the1stdaughter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snowy banks filled with hidden life hide within the pages of Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. As a young girl and her father ski across the fields of packed snow she discovers that there¿s more to the winter than simple white wintry landscapes. From bears to mice to bullfrogs the number of animals hiding beneath the surface are almost too many to count. Follow along on this young girl¿s journey into a magically real world hiding just under your feet.Over and Under the Snow has been a delightful story to share with not only the Turkeybird, but Littlebug 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 the Turkeybird 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 Littlebug 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.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snowfall changes everything. Animals go underground to keep warm. But what does it look like down there? And what do the animals do?This little picture book explores this idea with beautiful illustrations and simple text for young readers. Lovely.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
The lyrical writing in this book is beautiful. It tells the story of a young girl and her father, presumably, who are cross-country skiing through the woods. The snow is fresh and white and undisturbed except for a few footprints. The girl sees several animals above the snow and signs of the animals down under the snow, keeping warm. The pictures are so beautiful, and we enjoyed finding all of the animals described. Some are a little bit hidden. This book was a great winter story, and it was educational too. At the end of the book there is an overview of the science behind the animals going under the snow. It walks through each animal featured in the story and gives a little bit of information about how they survive the winter. http://www.momsradius.com/2015/12/kid-lit-over-and-under-snow.html