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Over and Under the Pond: (Environment and Ecology Books for Kids, Nature Books, Children's Oceanography Books, Animal Books for Kids) by [Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal]

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K-Gr 4—Messner and Neal have followed up on their proven formula (Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt; Over and Under the Snow), this time focusing on the ecosystem of an Adirondack pond at twilight. While a woman and boy in a canoe are seen at various points admiring the pond, the wildlife and plants are the real characters of this story, beautifully illustrated in mixed media. Neal captures minute details that will have readers easily recognizing specific species. With descriptive verbs and the use of onomatopoeia, Messner's prose is both playful and lovely to read aloud, and the slow close of the day and early night depicted make this an ideal bedtime book. An author's note, an "About the Animals" section, and a list of further reading bump up the age of potential readers, as even older budding naturalists will find something to enjoy here. VERDICT Librarians can confidently purchase this title for elementary schoolers.—Courtney Lewis, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, VA --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than a dozen other books for young readers, including Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the DirtOver and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and How to Read a Story. When she's not writing, she loves spending time outside. Kate lives in New York with her family.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and shows his art at various galleries nationwide. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MSNTNC4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (March 7, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 7, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11605 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Rainforest, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, The Next President, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like Chirp, Breakout, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; high-interest nonfiction like Tracking Pythons and the History Smashers series; the Fergus and Zeke easy readers; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter books about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.

Kate’s titles are frequently selected for One School, One Book and One School/One Author programs and other community-wide reads. Her books have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. Her novel The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. won the E.B. White Read Aloud Medal, and her science picture books have been finalists for the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences/Subaru SB&F prize for excellence in science writing. In 2020, Kate was honored with New York’s Knickerbocker Award for creating a superior body of work supporting curriculum and educational goals.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a TV news reporter as well as a National Board Certified educator. She grew up in Medina, NY and graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kate spent seven years working as a television news producer and reporter in Syracuse, NY and Burlington, VT before going back to school to earn a master’s degree in education for secondary-level English Language Arts. She taught middle school language arts for fifteen years before leaving the classroom to write full time but still spends much of her time in schools, working with kids as a visiting author.

Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines. Learn more at her website: www.katemessner.com and follow her on Twitter @katemessner.

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Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky
By Paula @awhimsicalstory on September 15, 2019
In 'Over and Under the Pond' we follow a little boy and his mom as they row over the pond. They talk about life underwater and explore the water and it's unique ecosystem.

This is an awesome children's book that teaches about the environment and about life in the pond. It is very well written and contains extensive vocabulary: It mentions different animals such as ospreys, minks and catfish. The illustrations are also beautiful, the color palette is very inviting.

Things that caught my eye:
* Would recommend for ages 3-8
* Gorgeous illustrations
* The story line promotes care for nature and the environment
* Diversity: The protagonist and his mom are black
* Small encyclopedia in the back containing information on the animals mentioned in the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
By Amber Alka on May 10, 2021
This book is an absolute gem. Buy the "Over and Under the rainforest" right now. I started with the rainforest book for my son and he fell in love right away, sames goes for the the pond. Such beautiful illustrations & the words flow lovely. At the end of each book you'll find 5 pages of info about each animal. Love that. My son will look at the back and try to find the animals throughout the book. Great gift for ages 2.5 and up :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and lots of great creatures for children to learn about.
By Crystal Teegarden on October 15, 2020
I love this book as much as my son (6 years old) does. It has a lot of great info about the many creatures that love over and under the pond. We read it at a pond near us and it was so much fun to actually see most of the pond animals in person. The pictures are great and it’s a beautiful story that flows nicely as it takes about the pond animals. It ends at night so it also makes a great bedtime story.
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Nooreen Kassam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Reviewed in Canada on October 21, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 1, 2017
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