11 Jan 2013

Over and Under the Snow ~ PPBF

I have, what I think, is an absolutely fabulous book for Perfect Picture Book Fridays with Susanna Hill. We're learning about the ways in which animals adapt to the weather and seasons, and this book fits the bill!



Title:  Over and Under the Snow
Author: Kate Messner
Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2011
Theme: Winter, Animals, Snow
Intended Audience: Ages 4 to 9

Summary (from Amazon): "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."

Opening Lines:  Over the snow I glide. Into woods, frosted fresh and white.

Why I Love This Book:  One of the reasons is that it fits in perfectly with what I'm teaching. But it's more than that. I just love the illustrations. I'm not sure how it was done. The inside cover just says "mixed media". But they're simple, beautiful, peaceful and enchanting. And the text follows suit.







Resources:

1. Forest Creatures in the Winter POSTERS: We're working on these right now. It's nothing too elaborate. My kids are working in pairs to show how a forest animal prepares for winter and how they spend the winter. I love how much chatting about the animals goes on while they're working on these.

2. Pop-Up Book: It would be easy to make a little book with the front sponge-painted white, for snow. When you lift the cover, you could have an animal of your choice pop up. The background would be the animals winter habitat.

3. Winter Tree Art:
I put painters tape on construction paper. Then the kids painted the paper with white acrylic (I couldn't find tempera).  Then I peeled off the tape (you need to do this before the paint dries ~ it's easier to get off that way). Once the paint was dry the kids used black crayon to trace the trees, add bark, and some of them chose to draw little animals under the snow.  Diana, my colleague, did this with her Kindergarten kids. She had them outline their trees with charcoal. The charcoal is darker and makes a thicker line, so hers stand out quite a bit more than mine do. But I wasn't up for the smudgy mess:)



 Thanks for the great idea, Diana!!

4. Under the Snow is very similar. I  wrote about this book last year for PPBF. If you click on the image it will take you that post where I have a lot more resources.


Happy Reading!



25 comments:

  1. These look like such cute books! Thanks for posting about them Barb!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets.

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  2. Looks like another beautiful book. And I love your tress.

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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  3. You have picked more great books! What fun tree art!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  4. I love the tree art! I'm not sure about the charcoal though...I'm trying to picture that in my head ... nope... not going to do it. lol

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  5. That's a beautiful book. Love your tree art too! School starts for me Monday and I'm planning some winter activities with snowmen and snowflakes. It didn't get over 50 degrees here today but it's supposed to be 70 next week. Go figure!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  6. This was one of my favorite picture books of last year, Barbara. I am so glad you have added it and some super activities to our PPBF list.

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  7. I picked that book up last year at the library and I am so excited to see it is in the book orders this month! The owl in it means that it must be in my classroom library! The only way we seem to be able to get snow in our forecast is to bring it in with books and polyester fill!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  8. Another beautiful book! I love the illustrations. Forest animals are so interesting to minders too! They have bee busy building little homes out of anything and everything. I'm adding those trees to my list for art lessons as we are doing mixed mediums this month. Thanks liz:)

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  9. Those are some beautiful illustrations, and your tree art looks great. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  10. Darn, that book was in the Scholatic book clubs last month and I didn't order it! Wish I had, now.

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  11. The books both look wonderful, I haven't seen either of them before. I love the tree paintings. I don't do a lot of painting, but that one would be a great simple one to start with.
    DeAnne @ First Grade and Fabulous
    has a cute Animals in Winter unit freebie that might go great with these books.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  12. I just read "Over and Under the Snow" on Thursday. It's such a beautiful book! I like your art project. They turned out really neat.

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  13. Beautiful book. Thanks for your creative art projects. Nice choice, Barbara.

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  14. The pictures look beautiful in Over and Under the Snow!! I admit I sometimes buy picture books based on how the pictures look. lol. This would fit in great with our science cluster "Daily and Seasonal Changes." I love the forest animal poster idea! I will have to use that next year!

    Renee
    The Reading Corner

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  15. Beautiful book, and the tree project is marvelous!

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  16. I love both of these books. It's interesting: Stewart's, though lyrical, is straight nonficiton, while Messner's has a fictional plot line, yet teaches a lot about hibernation. Children can learn so much from both books. It's fun to read them both and compare and contrast.

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  17. We don't get much snow here, but I know that we have some creatures that live underground during the winter. I can smell them. And I would love to know who's down there! This is a pretty book -- I like the illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. This is adorable! I love the detail of the story and how you incorporate it into your lesson. I'm your newest follower. I'm on my way to 100 followers and giveaway. Please stop by!
    Blessings,
    Brittany
    Keeping Up With First Grade

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  19. Hi, I am Lily. I really like your blog it's got quite a lot to it and it looks amazing.
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    Keep on blogging!

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  20. Barb - that book is beautiful...thanks for sharing it with us.
    Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  21. I just found your blog through a Pinterest link and I love it. I love your Friday Picture Book posts. I am always on the looking out for new books and ways to connect them - especially to art. Thanks for this book and the ideas.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  22. I've said it before and I'll say it again...you are ONEderful!!!! I love this book and I love your review. Of course, your activity ideas are just perfect! Nice job!

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