Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
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 under the snow.
This book was one of our advent calendar books. We borrowed it from the library. Christopher was a little disappointed when he opened it because it wasn’t a Christmas book. I’ve been mixing in some winter books as well.
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.
Christopher just learned about hibernation at school in November, so the facts about the animals under the snow were a great tie in. I really enjoy books about science that teach it in fun and engaging ways.
After reading the book we noticed the author and illustrator names on the back flap of the cover. We were pretty excited that the author’s name is Kate (my name) and the illustrator’s name is Christopher (his name). We searched the book for a “Jim” (my husband’s name), but we couldn’t find one.
My Rating: 4 Stars