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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over and Under the Snow (edition 2011)

by Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

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Title:Over and Under the Snow
Authors:Kate Messner
Other authors:Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)
Info:Chronicle Books (2011), Hardcover, 44 pages
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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner



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This is a simply told story about a little girl and her father skiing through the woods, the animals they encounter, and the animals that are hibernating nearby. At the end of the story, there is an author's note about how animals adapt to winter, and also details about each animal in the book. The illustrations are gorgeous.
  songshu | Jul 5, 2015 |
A very unique story that shares a boys adventure of cross country skiing over the secret world of hibernating animals of the winter. The story share the secret life under the store as the reader gains a perspective of what life is like under the snow.

I love the illustrations and context of the book, as the main character cross country skiing brought back childhood memories of completing the same outdoor winter activities. The illustrator does a wonderful job of capturing a hardwood scenery with white birch trees creating a winter wonderland. This is great story in general as young children do not realize how much life is occurring under the snow.

I would use this story with my students to explore hibernation and the winter season. ( )
  mcnicol_08 | Apr 28, 2015 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 1-3

Plot Summary: A girl and her dad are cross country skiing near their home. Over the snow they glide, while under the snow, there are animals surviving the winter. Over the snow, the girl observes the white snow, a red squirrel, trees, great horned owl, deer tracks, red fox, the tops of beaver homes, full moon, bonfire.Under the snow, the animals live and survive by hibernating, eating their stored food, and hiding out from predators.

Setting: Adirondacks, NY (guessing because the author wrote it on the way back from a snowshoe field trip)

Girl and her dad
Red squirrel, shrews, white-tailed dear, deer mice, voles, snowshoe hares, bullfrogs, beavers, red foxes, chipmunks, black bears, bumblebees

Recurring Themes: perspective, hibernation, winter, animals, food chain, cross country skiing, descriptive language

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: I like the repetition and format of the book with the over and under. It uses a lot of descriptive language (ie. "the fire crackles and sparks shoot up to the stars"). An author's note at the end explains the subnivean zone, the space between the snow and the ground where animals live. There are also paragraphs about each animal mentioned in the book.

Genre: Realistic fiction with informational text



Illustrations: Use perspective and movement, simple colors with patches of texture ( )
  pigeonlover | Aug 30, 2014 |
This is story of a beautiful snowy day of a family skiing in the woods and they encounter wildlife followed by dusk and sticky marshmallows.
  laurlou | Jun 9, 2014 |
A journey over the snow while revealing the animals that hide underneath in the winter. The end reveals facts about those animals. I really liked this book. It is beautifully illustrated and informative with a feeling of adventure. This would be a great book to initiate a study on animals in winter. ( )
  Trinityc | Apr 7, 2014 |
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Skiing one day, a child and her dad discover the world of the subnivean zone, a network of small open spaces and tunnels that are created between the snowpack and the ground in winter.  They see all kinds of animals poke their heads out of the zone and ski right over others slumbering below.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811867846, Hardcover)

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.

But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.

OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:52 -0400)

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Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

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