Over and Under the Pond
A follow up to Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, this time focusing on the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. As parent and child launch a canoe from the muddy shore and paddle through water lilies, they see frogs jump and painted turtles slide off logs, disappearing beneath the murky water. What's happening down there? Under the pond, leeches lurk, crayfish scuttle under rocks, nymphs build intricate shells, and microscopic animals break down fallen leaves to recharge the water with nutrients. Over the pond, fuzzy cattails sway in the breeze, and a pair of loons swim by, laughing in the dappled sunlight. An author's note discusses not only the different organisms featured, but also the truly remarkable balance of this wetland ecosystem, the way plants and animals create a chemical balance that sustains the lives of the pond.
- Hardback | 48 pages
- 203 x 305 x 11.18mm | 453.59g
- 07 Mar 2017
- CHRONICLE BOOKS
- San Francisco, United States
- Full colour illustrations throughout
Time Magazine Best Books of the Year "A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review Read On Wisconsin! State Reading List 2018-2019 "Conveys the sights and sounds and motions of a peaceful day spent enjoying and observing nature."-The Horn Book Magazine "Playful and lovely to read aloud. even older budding naturalists will find something to enjoy here."-School Library Journal "A contemplative journey through an ecosystem."--USA Today "Dazzling."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
About Kate Messner
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 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.