Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond

Book - 2017
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A follow up to Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt , this time focusing on the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. As parent and child launch a canoe from the muddy shore and paddle through water lilies, they see frogs jump and painted turtles slide off logs, disappearing beneath the murky water. What's happening down there? Under the pond, leeches lurk, crayfish scuttle under rocks, nymphs build intricate shells, and microscopic animals break down fallen leaves to recharge the water with nutrients. Over the pond, fuzzy cattails sway in the breeze, and a pair of loons swim by, laughing in the dappled sunlight.

An author's note discusses not only the different organisms featured, but also the truly remarkable balance of this wetland ecosystem, the way plants and animals create a chemical balance that sustains the lives of the pond.

Publisher: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, LLC, [2017]
ISBN: 9781452145426
Branch Call Number: JP Messn
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Neal, Christopher Silas - Illustrator


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A really sweet examination of the eco-system of a pond, both above and below the surface.

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GCPL_EarlyLit Mar 26, 2018

Beautiful illustrations are the highlight of this gentle story about a boy and his mother exploring the wildlife in a pond.

Mar 01, 2018

This is a beautiful picture book that exposes readers to lots of different freshwater wildlife. I like that the book can clearly transition between age groups, a picture book with more detail for older children in the back and suggested future readings. Take a peek and then go out for a canoe ride on Powderhorn Lake or Lake of the Isles to bring the book to life.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 06, 2018

This is a beautiful picture book showcasing the hidden world under the surface of a pond.

JCLEdwardR Mar 20, 2017

This book is beautiful and the narrative has a "circle of life" feel that will be entertaining and very informative for a young reader. The length of the book is also important to the visuals to get a sense of equity when viewing over the pond and under the pond.


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