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Over and Under the Snowby Kate Messner
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In his latest eye-popping work ofand#160;picture bookand#160;nonfiction, the Caldecott Honorand#8211;winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkinsand#160;explains how forand#160;most animals,and#160;eyes are the most important source of information about the world in a biological sense.and#160;The simplest eyesand#8212;clusters of light-sensitive cellsand#8212;appeared more than one billion years ago, and provided a big survival advantage to the first creatures that had them. Since then, animals have evolved an amazing variety of eyes, along with often surprising ways to use them.
"Straddling the informative and the evocative, this lovely study of the ways animals spend the winter in a 'secret kingdom under the snow' combines Messner's (Sea Monster's First Day) graceful prose ('Over the snow, the fire crackles, and sparks shoot up to the stars. I lick sticky marshmallow from my lips and lean back with heavy eyes') with debut illustrator Neal's quiet, woodcut-like portraits of the snowy forest. A human father and daughter are tiny figures in a field of white, cross-country skiing past fir trees and glimpsing the occasional animal, while other creatures are visible in cutaway views below ground ('Under the snow, a queen bumblebee drowses away December, all alone. She'll rule a new colony in spring'). The rhythm of the girl's discoveries balances thoughtful discovery with moments of muted excitement, as when she skis downhill, then watches a fox pounce on a mouse ('His paws scratch away to find the mouse he heard scritch-scritch-scratching along underneath'). Unvarnished pages and an elegant layout enhance the sense of magic in a natural world just out of view. Includes an afterword and bibliography. Ages 4 — 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Part poem, part silent stage with luminous light-box illustrations, this innovative picture book puts autumn on display to captureand#160;the art and scienceand#160;ofand#160;season change.and#160;
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold summons forth the charms and dictates of winter. Just as Joyce Sidman captured the drama of the pond in Song of the Water Boatman and the night woods in Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, here she captures the drama of the cold.
Why donand#8217;t snakes freeze to death?
How does the tiny honeybee survive frost?
Learnand#160;aboutand#160; the secret lives of animals happening under the snow and howand#160;itand#160;buds to spring!
The Caldecott Honorand#8211;winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a series of animals withand#160;unusual eyes in this eye-catching picture book!
Come to the bitter cold that blows through these poems! Feel the warmth of life that breathes into the beaver burrowing deep beneath the snow.
Discover the safe places where creatures survive, and how they stay alive in the wintertimeand#8212;untiland#160; roots poke from puddles of slush and broken ice to welcome the sun!
Then watch as spring melts the frost from this outstanding collection of poems paired with stunning linoleum prints that celebrate nature, along with her beauty and power.
Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures falland#8212;then snow!
Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.
About the Author
Loretta Holland makes her home in the Nantahala National Forest, where she has spent many fall days in the woods with friends and family. She lives in Franklin, NC.
Elly MacKay is a paper artist living in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her husband and two children. Visit ellymackay.com to learn more.
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