Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

“Over the snow I glide past beech trees rattling leftover leaves … Under... read more

“Over the snow I glide past beech trees rattling leftover leaves … Under the snow, a tiny shrew dodges columns of ice; it follows a cool tunnel along the moss, out of sight.” As a girl skis through the woods with her dad, she reflects on the many creatures that are busy—or not—beneath the snow: a vole searches for food, a bullfrog sleeps, a mouse scuttles along under a drift while a keen-eared red fox above the ground gets ready to pounce. These and other revelations in Kate Messner’s exploration of the often unseen activity of the winter world are set against Christopher Silas Neal’s lovely mixed media illustrations showing both the human and nonhuman activity the girl describes. Neal beautifully evokes the winter woods with his subdued palette and stylized images that are reminiscent of woodcut prints. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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