Tuesday, November 24, 2009

All Things Kid Lit: Under the Snow

Picture Book Pick of the Week:

Under the Snow
by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

Woodchucks sleep soundly all winter long, while even on the coldest days red-spotted newts “dodge and dart, whiz and whirl” in ponds below the ice.'

From School Library Journal:
Stewart takes readers on an informative journey, describing how snakes, voles, spotted salamanders, carp, beavers, and red-spotted newts, among other animals, "spend their days" during the winter months. Fascinating facts—a wood frog can freeze solid on the forest floor and survive—make the spare text intriguing and fun. Beautiful paintings in muted watercolors convey the creatures in their habitats and the quiet of the season. This pleasing addition is a great read-aloud for units on winter and animal habitats.

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Kid Lit Links of Interest:

Los Angeles Times (CA)
November 19, 2009
As part of coverage of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief's odyssey to become a Hollywood venture, Rachel Abramowitz has a report on the similarities between two magical youngsters, one named Percy and the other named Harry.

Tulsa World (OK)
November 23, 2009
Before Thanksgiving gets lost in the crush of Christmas cheer, settle in with new and old children's books about our great American feast, turkeys, Pilgrims, and maize.


KIKA said...

I have been meaning to read the lightning thief but still haven't gotten around to it :( LOL and I love the cover of 10 fat turkeys! I'm always sad when thanksgiving gets lost in the crush of Christmas cheer :( LOL people around here usually skip right over it and hang up their Christmas decorations right after the Halloween ones come down. Thanks for the post!

Veens said...

a wood frog can freeze solid on the forest floor and survive - REALLY! Now there is something I learned from that one! :)

Great to hear that Lightening thief is going to be a movie, i never got to read it though :)

Like KIWI, i love the the cute cover of 10 Fat Turkeys! :D

Melissa Stewart said...

Thanks for posting about Under the Snow on your blog. Educators might also be interested in the Curriculum Guide and Readers Theater script that go with this book. You can download both at my website www.melissa-stewart.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ryan said...

Under the Snow sounds like a great educational book for my son. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.

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