Parents' Guide to

Over and Under the Pond

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lovely book about wildlife teeming in and around a pond.

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A book that's as deep and bountiful as the pond it plumbs, this profile of a rich, busy ecosystem will entrance all nature lovers. In Over and Under the Pond, author Kate Messner's text is clear and informative as well as lyrical, with passages such as "The water’s a mirror, reflecting the sky," and a description of dragonfly larvae catching minnows "in monster-fast jaws."

Illustrator Christopher Silas Neal's art makes the pond come alive, revealing what cannot easily be seen below the surface. In one spread with a striking perspective, we look down at the pond from the great height of a woodpecker pecking a tall tree. In another, we look up from the depths at the bottom of the boat. Neal cast the boy and the mom as African-American, and it's our pleasure to take a ride with this thoughtful, observant pair, as our attention is drawn to all the wildlife around them.

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