In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond.(goodreads summary)
A boy and his mother paddle across a pond exploring all that it has to offer while learning about one of our most diverse ecosystems. This beautifully written story will take you along on the journey as they glide silently in a canoe discovering the hidden world over and under a pond. They find turtles, various birds, insects, tadpoles and many animals who call this special place home. The illustrations are peaceful and the gentle text express the feeling of calmness during reading. Each page details how the different creatures are dependent on one another and the pond for their survival. Included at the end is a wonderful note from the author about the importance of ponds/wetlands and the interconnected community along with information about the animals you will find in the story. So many things are threatening our environment and changing it at an alarming rate. Sharing this book with our children will help teach them about the importance and preserving these amazing ecosystems for themselves and future generations. After reading this book, I was inspired to add canoeing in Northern Wisconsin and other states on my bucket list! I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4 and up.~
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Title: Over and Under the Pond
Author: Kate Messner
Pub. date: March 2017, Chronicle Books
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 48 pgs.