I love this series. Kate Messner really knows how to take kids outdoors. The desert and the canyon come alive in this dare I say it…thriller. We’re following a mom and son down the paths into the canyon to discover what this space looks like. You might be imagining a barren space where not much is happening but boy that is sure not the case here.
It’s quiet all right until suddenly you hear the whoosh of the wings of an eagle diving for dinner. It might look empty in the moment but look up in time to see a kestrel gliding overhead and or a gecko with its eye on you. Not to mention the tarantula folding its legs “into a crevice all her own.”
You just don’t know what is going to pop up in the next page… talk about cliffhangers:)
The walls and paths of the canyon truly come alive and you feel as though you are walking along with this family slowly becoming aware of the richness and the thrill of every living thing that lives here and is currently keeping its eye on you. You are part of it all.
Just when you think the mom and son are done for the day a roadrunner appears…. and so does that rattlesnake…... battle.....who would win?
Gorgeous illustrations filled with togetherness, love, curiosity, a sense of adventure and just bathed in a soft glow that invites us to pack our own water bottle and head out to the canyon nearest us.
What a glorious celebration of nature, of the great big wonderful web we inhabit, and especially of the uniqueness and beauty of the ecosystem of a canyon.
Can’t wait for our next adventure with Kate Messner!
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
56 pages 978-1452169392 Ages 5-8
Keywords: canyons, habitat, environment, ecosystem, nonfiction, nature, science, Science Curriculum, informational picture book, part of a series, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, animals, plants
In this latest book in the acclaimed Over and Under series, a spectacular hike reveals the hidden wonders, rich colors, and layers of wildlife living within a thriving desert slot-canyon.
Over and Under the Canyon takes young readers on a thrilling tour of a desert canyon ecosystem. Over the canyon, the sun scalds the air, baking desert mud to stone. But under the shade of the cliffs hides another world, where bighorn sheep bound from rock to rock on the hillside, roadrunners make their nests in sturdy cacti, and banded geckos tuck themselves into the shelter of the sand. Discover the wonders concealed in the curves of the canyon, the magic of a desert wildflower bloom, and all the unexpected creatures that bring the desert to life.
DISCOVER AMAZING ANIMALS: Kids are endlessly curious about the natural world and the wildly varied animals living in it—and the desert is FULL of amazing and surprising animals!
CAPTIVATING NONFICTION: Like its predecessors, this latest offering in the Over and Under picture book series illuminates the magic of the natural world and its amazing inhabitants by telling the story of one family's hike through a real-world desert ecosystem in lyrical prose and color-drenched illustrations. Even the most reluctant readers will be drawn into a fact-filled story this compelling!
GREAT FOR TEACHING: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize learning about animal habitats/biomes in K–2 curriculums, while later grades address topics like food chains, conservation, and endangered species. With a depth of research and an engaging, highly visual narrative, this book is an excellent resource for librarians and primary school educators.
ENCOURAGES ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: Concern for and preservation of the wilderness is an increasingly talked-about topic. This book provides a great, upbeat jumping-off point for discussions of the importance and wonder of our world's natural habitats and ecosystems.
ACCLAIMED AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Book selections. In addition to his work on this acclaimed series, Christopher Silas—-from the publisher
56 pages 978-1452169392 Ages 5-8