Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner

Price at time of review: $16.99
Chronicle Books
San Francisco, CA
2011
ISBN: 9780811867849


Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
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Here's a great way to dispel the misconception that living things lie dormant during the winter months! This beautifully illustrated volume shows a family's observations in a snowy forest. Over the snow, the family skis past browsing deer and scratching fox. What's under that snowy winter blanket? A tunneling shrew, snoozing bullfrogs, scratching mice.

The book includes lyric text in large print—ideal for reading aloud. The illustrations are detailed and invite rich discussion. The book ends with a child burrowing into his own comfortable blanket, dreaming of the natural world.

As a primary read–aloud, this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book will encourage both observation and a deeper understanding of life cycles and habitats. Each animal might be the subject of further research, while the simple–yet–detailed illustrations might inspire journaling by students.


Review posted on 1/12/2012


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