Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Since the weather is cold and everyone's getting in the mood for Christmas and snow, I thought I'd feature a suitably wintery illustrated book this week. This charming book, Over and Under the Snow was sent to me by Abrams & Chronicle Books (who have a brilliant range of illustrated childrens books by the way) and depicts all the life, animals and nature that appear on top of the snow and secretly, underneath the snow. I really liked the authors note at the end which tells you all about the subnivean zone (the places under the snow) and how life carries on below it.
Aside from the story, the illustrations are beautifully simple and any illustrator or fan of children's illustrations would love this book and the lovely images with it.