Monday, June 11, 2018

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner -- ADVISABLE

Messner, Kate Over and Under the Pond, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2017. $18. 9781452145426

A boy and his mom canoe along a pond, contemplating the creatures that live above the water and lurk below -- as well as how they all connect. An afterword gives more detail about many of the animals mentioned in the book.

The illustrations are lovely, and the ecological balance between living things in and around a pond is a good thing for children to know and understand. I could see using this one for Earth day, in a lesson on comparing/contrasting, before going on a field trip into the wilderness, or as an opening to any number of science lessons.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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