Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Under the Snow

Under the Snow

Melissa Stewart
Illustrator:  Constance R. Bergum 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Peachtree Publishers, 2009   ISBN: 978-1561454938

After a heavy snowfall, the countryside looks serene and sleepy, as if it is lying under an enormous white quilt. Underneath that quilt there is “a hidden world” that is full of animals of all kinds. In a stone wall, a group of ladybugs cluster together, and beneath the snow a little vole tunnels along until it finds the base of a tree. Here the vole strips off some bark, which it eats with relish. In the pond, beavers swim out of their cozy lodge to gather sticks from their food storage pile. They carry these back to the lodge so that everyone in the family can ease their hunger.

Under the snow, many animals sleep the winter away. A wood frog and a woolly bear caterpillar slumber under leaves, and in underground nests a spotted salamander and a woodchuck sleep for several months until spring comes.

This beautifully illustrated picture book will show young readers what animals do when there is snow on the ground. Under our feet and in the local pond animals can be found, each of one of which has a strategy to help that animal survive the cold months.