Under the Snow

by Melissa Stewart and Constance R. Bergum

While humans engage in winter activities above the snow, all kinds of concealed animal... read more

While humans engage in winter activities above the snow, all kinds of concealed animal activity takes place beneath. “Under the snow in a field ... dozens of ladybugs pack themselves into a gap in an old stone wall. Below them, a snake rests in a hole all its own.” Voles tunnel beneath the snow, while a mourning cloak butterfly shelters in a brush pile covered with snow. Below the snow frosting the pond, “bluegills circle slowly through the chilly water.” The winter lives of these animals and others are described in simple yet lyrical language, while panel watercolor illustrations give a view of activities below the snow and above. Highly Commended, 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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