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Over and Under the Snow (Hardcover)

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November 2011 Indie Next List

“This is a simple and very appealing picture book about the animals that live through the winter safe and warm under the snow. The illustrations by Neal, in subtle winter blues and greens, highlight the wonder of the season.”
— Leon Archibald, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT


Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter's snowy landscape in this magical book.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She teaches junior high in New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Christopher Silas Neal is a critically acclaimed artist and illustrator. He lives and works in Brooklyn, where he teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute. Visit

Praise For…

"Beautifully rendered" - The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

Marion Vannett Ridgway Book Award Winner: Illustration 2012

"[A] lovely study of the ways animals spend the winter." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot." - Kirkus Reviews

"Throughout the book, Neal's crisp, clean mixed-media illustrations cleverly provide above- and belowground views, and Messner's back material will educate children about the subnivean zone and animal adaptations" - School Library Journal

"This book depicting beauty in nature is a gem... Anyone looking for a picture book that also teaches science will love this title" - Library Media Connecton, Starred Review

"Messner packs much information into the serene wintry landscape, beautifully captured in Neal's stunning retro-style illustrations." - The New York Times

"Kate Messier... weaves a nature lesson" - USA Today

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811867849
ISBN-10: 0811867846
Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
Publication Date: October 19th, 2011
Pages: 36
Language: English