Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

As the title suggests, Over and Under the Snow explores how big and little animals alike adapt to the snow and cold during winter — with some even using the snow to their advantage, often travelling and hiding under it to escape both predators and the cold air above.

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The book uses the narrative of a girl skiing with her father to present the information, offering a brief mention to a wide variety of creatures — squirrels, deer mice, bears, voles, bees, bullfrogs, etc. However, there are also helpful notes at the end of the book to provide more detail on how each animal survives winter.

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Overall, I liked that the book was informative, yet not daunting for kids to read, and that it encourages kids to be more observant about their surroundings, since things aren’t always what they seem — like how, beneath the seemingly placid and vast whiteness of a snow-covered natural landscape, there is a whole secret kingdom that only animals are privy to.

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