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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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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 |
Both beautiful and informative, this book is must for classroom or home libraries. The text of the book functions off of this construct of animals being above or below the snow. This dialectic is simple but it adds a poetic flow to the words while brining to light a previously unknown realm. The illustrations feature cross sections of natural landscapes such as fields and ponds and forest floors. This composition can often come across as clinical, but the soft, cool color scheme, organic shapes, and various textures keep the images youthful and interesting. In the back, there is a glossary of all the animals addressed in the story which includes a picture of each and some additional information. There are equal parts joy and science crammed into this book. It truly is a triumph.
  KellyAnnGraff | Apr 1, 2014 |
This is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book (mixed-media) about animals in their winter habitats. It is Very informational, but not overwhelming to younger students. It has a cozy feel to it because of the illustrations, and the language has a beautiful nuance to it that makes it feel comforting to read.

I work in the kindergarten classroom assisting the teacher, and my partner read this book to the students. They all loved it, and it made a really great learning experience to understand the habits of different animals during the winter. But also it was a really good outlet for art projects. Students were given construction paper that was already put into two different tones (white for the snow, and tan for underneath the snow) and they drew their interpretation of which animals and plants live above or below the snow during the winter. Is proving to be a really great asset in the classroom. ( )
  aelmer | Jan 28, 2014 |
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Book description
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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:42 -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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