Review & Giveaway: Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart

December 7, 2010 Kid-Lit/Middle Grade, Peachtree Publishers, Review 2


  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1561454931
  • Source: Publisher
  • Where do animals go in the winter?   Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Constance Bergum describes the hidden world of animals during the cold wintery months. 

    For example, ladybugs pack themselves together to keep warm. Chipmunks burrow & sleep for up to a few days at a time. Bumblebees, under the cover of a rotted log, remain silent and still until Spring. Did you know that a wood frog can freeze solid & still survive?

     Under the Snow is the perfect book for yoru budding biologist or any child interested in animals.  It details, through lyrical text & elaborate illustrations, how nature’s smallest citizens survive the cold. While geared for 4-8 year olds, I think children of all ages would enjoy this one. My eleven-year-old enjoyed it as much, if not more, as his five year old brother.  My boys were very familiar with the concept of hibernation, but had no idea of the number of animals “awake” during the cold months.

    I plan on giving our copy of this book to my son’s teacher to accompany their studies of winter.  I think it’s a book that should have a place in every library, it’s so full of information, relayed in a way that interests children.

    I’m excited to have an extra copy of Under the Snow to give away to one reader.  To enter, please fill out the form below.  The winner will be announced Friday, December 17th. As I will be shipping the book myself this contest is open to citizens of the US & Canada only.  Good luck to all who enter!

    2 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart”

    1. Georgia

      This book would be perfect for my Grandson! Thanks for the chance to win it.

      gcpeach17 at aol dot com

    2. Rebecca Rasmussen

      I entered this one and I am dying to win for my daughter. It reminds me of an adult version called Winter World by Bernt Heinrich. xo