Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nonfiction Monday -- Under the Snow

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, 2009. Available now.

It's time for a new book about what animals do in the wintertime. The others are getting old and out-of-print. This one will do nicely.

The book opens with a huge winter scene, mostly white space with a snow covered village tucked in dead center. A few children playing in the snow on the right hand side leads us to turn the page to discover that "under the snow lies a hidden world."

Great illustrations of a mass of ladybugs, and over there a snake, tucked into a stone wall the children are passing.
Next page shows a vole tunneling under the snow, alive and active.

And so it goes -- combining hibernating animals with those who are active during the winter.

Spring comes at the end of this 32 page picture book -- repeating the first scene of children playing on the right hand side foreground with the village tucked in the middle of the double page spread, except this time it's a springtime view.

(added later) I just got a message from Melissa Stewart. She invites you to come over and visit her on her blog. She has a nice website, too, over here.

Surprise! All the Nonfiction Monday reviews are here at my blog today!
-wendie Old


laurasalas said...

This book looks beautiful, Wendie! I'll have to check it out.

I just read and loved Panda Kindergarten, which I think I read about here (though I'm not sure).

I'm in today with Emperor Qin's Terra Cotta Army at

And one of my books, Home on the Earth, is featured at Wild About Nature:

Thanks for hosting!

Sarah N. said...

Thanks for hosting. We'll definitely have to check out Under the Snow. I've posted about Many Luscious Lollipops here:

Wendie O said...

Laura, yes I reviewed the Panda book recently. it should be on this screen, or the previous one.

Melissa (if you read this blog), a library customer just checked your book out -- and asked me to track down more of them. And checked them out, too.

-wendie old

Loree Griffin Burns said...

Hi Wendy,

I've got a Nonfiction Monday post up at my blog:

Loree Burns

Bri Meets Books said...

The illustrations in this are beautiful. Not surprised, Peachtree has wonderful books!

I just reviewed Sea Soup: Zooplankton.

Thanks for hosting!

Pat Zietlow Miller said...

Nice review! I have a Q and A interview with Melissa Stewart on my blog at

Stop by by to check it out if you get the chance. It's a book that's worth a second look.