Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Giveaway - UNDER THE SNOW written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

About Book

A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day.

When snow falls, we love to sled and skate and have snowball fights. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground?

Journey from your neighborhood to the woods, where ladybugs crowd together in a gap in the stone wall and a chipmunk snoozes in his burrow.

Take a side trip to the pond, where a carp rests quietly on the bottom and a green frog nestles in the mud, scarcely breathing.

And then as winter passes and the sun's rays grow stronger, join all the animals as they get ready for spring.

Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum's glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

Where to buy: AmazonBarnes&Noble

Teacher's Guide here
  • Age 4-8
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-493-8
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 9 1/2 x 11 1/4


About Author

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts.

You can visit Melissa Stewart’s website here.
Her website has many resources for children, parents, teachers and librarians.

Listen to her interview about Under the Snow.

Constance R. Bergum has illustrated several children's books. She holds an MFA in illustration from Marywood University and lives in Montana.

My Thoughts

Under the snow!  Have you ever wondered where all the critters go when there is snow on the ground and trees?  Well this book has some wonderful illustrations and explanations as to where some of those critters go under a blanket of snow for the winter. 

For instance the author says:

"Under the snow lies a hidden world."

  • A wood frog  nestles in scattered leaves on the forest floor. It can freeze solid and still survive.
  • Buried in the mud, a frog and a turtle wait out the winter. They never move, and they barely breathe.
  • Below the ground a chipmunk snoozes for a few days at a time. Between naps it snacks on the nuts and seeds stored in its burrow.

And there are many more amazing things under the snow and ice for you to see and read about in this amazing book.

The illustrations are full page color illustrations and with the author's writing it makes for a fun way to learn about the winter habitats of some interesting critters.

This book would be a great book for your child. It would also be nice for the classroom or school library. Now I am a grandmother and I have a special bookshelf for my grandkids when they come to visit. So I will definitely add UNDER THE SNOW to Mamaw's Bookshelf.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

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Now for the giveaway 
of one Hardcover copy of Under the Snow
one winner
giveaway will be October 2-9, 2012. 

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  1. Sounds wonderful! I have a new grand daughter and I'm building a library for her. This would be a delightful addition.

    1. Congratulations! You won a hardcover copy of UNDER THE SNOW written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum.

  2. My Great Niece is an advid reader and she would love this book. Thank you so much for the chance. dilliehannah@yahoo.com. :)


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