Over and Under the Rainforest (Over and Under)

by Kate Messner (Author) Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

Over and Under the Rainforest (Over and Under)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Over and Under

Part of the critically acclaimed Over and Under series!

Award-winning duo Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal take readers on a thrilling tour of one of the most diverse ecosystems on planet earth: the rainforests of Central America. Discover the wonder that lies hidden among the roots, above the winding rivers, and under the emerald leaves of the rainforest.

- Features animals like the slender parrot snake to the blue morpho butterfly

- Explores the canopies, where toucans and pale-billed woodpeckers chatter and call

- Other animals include capuchin monkeys who swing from vines and slow-moving sloths who wait out daily thunderstorms

Under the canopy of the rainforest hundreds of animals make their homes, but up in the leaves hides another world. This stunning read is perfect for kids who can't get enough of the rainforest and all the animals living in it.

- Equal parts educational and beautiful, this book is perfect for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, science teachers, and educators

.- A great gift for kids who love nature, rainforests, animals, and learning more about the world

- Perfect for children ages 5 to 8 years old

- Add it to the shelf with books like The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer, The Animal Book by Lonely Planet Kids, and A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Aston.


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Kirkus Reviews

A child-and-caregiver pair hike through the South American rainforest, observing animals in their natural habitats.

The “symphony of sound” up in the trees prompts the child narrator to ask what lives above. Tito answers that above them is “a whole hidden world” where monkeys, insects, and birds live. As they hike along the trail, each spread shows specific animals “up in the trees” and “down in the forest,” doing what they do best. Oropendolas “gurgle in low-swinging nests”; a parrot snake hunts frogs on the trail. The child and Tito climb to a hanging bridge that crosses the river; beneath them, crocodiles bask in the sun and an emerald basilisk skims the water’s surface while they walk “eye to eye with capuchin monkeys” swinging through branches. The afternoon brings rain and a snack of dried fruit. The evening brings new sounds to the forest as dark settles in and the child and Tito leave the last bridge, heading home, where Abuelita and a supper of arroz con pollo await. The colorful, matte illustrations alternate views of the ground, the sky, the river, and the treetops from various vantage points; close-ups and silhouettes of animals in action channel the mystery and magic of the natural world. Part outdoor adventure, part animal nonfiction book, this exciting blend will delight children interested in fact and fiction. Extensive endnotes offer more information about the animals. The only humans pictured are Tito and the narrator, both characters of color.

Draws you right in. (author’s note, further reading, sources) (Picture book. 4-9)

Review quotes

"[C]hannels the mystery and magic of the natural world. Part outdoor adventure, part animal nonfiction book, this exciting blend will delight children interested in fact and fiction. [Over and Under the Rainforest d]raws you right in."-Kirkus Reviews
Kate Messner
Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose many books for kids have been selected as Best Books by the New York Times, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family.

Simona Mulazzani was born in Milan. The illustrator of more than 60 books for publishers around the world, she has received a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Pesaro, Italy.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781452169408
Lexile Measure
810L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
August 20, 2020
Series
Over and Under

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