FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
Oh, it is time for snow! Not exactly where I live in the central valley (we are more like to have fog blanket our valley floor), but there is snow in the Sierras! This beautiful picture book will have you mesmerized by the secret world under the white snow – a world filled with squirrels, rabbits, bullfrogs, all safe and warm (and out of sight). Kate Messner is one of my favorites and so is Christopher Silas Neal, who illustrated the beautiful snowy pictures of a child and her father, skiing over the snow and the animal homes underneath. The simple text and striking illustrations tell the story of the subnivean zone, where animals depend on the network of open spaces between the snowpack and the ground to keep them insulated and safe in the cold weather. Kate Messner also includes an Author’s Note and a list of animals who “really do eat, sleep, hide, and play over and under the winter snow.” She also includes further reading resources for kids who want to find out more about animals in winter. This is a great addition to home libraries as well as classroom libraries (I can see this book in science centers) – now, let’s learn about winter!