Over and Under the Pond — 17 Comments

  1. I would love to have multiple copies of this book in my classroom for the students. A book that you could pull out time and time again for mini-lessons on different parts of writers craft. The illustrations are top notch and the book can reach ALL LEVELS from our earliest readers to those possibly in middle school. 5 stars.

  2. This is a wonderful book that does a great job showing all the diversity of life that survives around a small body of water. I enjoyed the book and appreciated the author’s notes on the animals. I would add it to my library in that we use Kate Messner’s “Over and Under the Snow” but at this time I don’t think it fits into second-grade curriculum for science. However, it would be a wonderful mentor text for word choice in writing.

  3. I think this is a great book. There is a lot of information in the book about what animals could be found and what some of them eat. I love how the illustrations let the kids play “find the animal” on each page. The colors of each page reflect the colors of water. The additional pictures and definitions are perfect for an inquisitive reader that wants to know a little more about each bug, animal, or bird mentioned. This book is relevant for Minnesota kids because they would have a chance of spotting all the animals on the many lakes we have.

  4. I liked that this book too, had the end notes of info for kids. I would use this book as a part of our plants and animals Science unit. In addition to talking about ecosystems, it uses sound words and good play on words. ****

  5. I loved this book and will definitely use it when we do our habitat unit. I love the introduction to a large variety of plants and animals, along with the rich vocabulary and descriptive text.
    5 stars

  6. I liked the book and loved how the author blended the two ecosystems with illustrations on how the “above pond” and “below pond” worlds must exist for the benefit of the other. I especially liked the author’s note at the end and would definitely share that with the children I was working with. The descriptions at the end – about the animals – was also a great addition. Not the most entertaining of stories, but definitely a good source of information that could be presented in a more casual way.

  7. I loved this book. One cannot overlook the rich vocabulary. One could use it for ecosystems, word choice, contrast and comparisons. I think that I might even read it first without the pictures, and have them practice visualization.
    5 stars

  8. I’m not sure about this book. I kind of liked it, but didn’t really connect with it. As I was reading, I thought of “Around the Pond” by Lindsay Barrett George. George’s story was in our old ELA curriculum, so I read it many times. The students liked guessing what animal was being described. In this book, it’s fun to guess what is going one under or over the subject. A comment above said there is a snow edition of Over and Under. That might be interesting to include with this book. They could also be used with discussing position in Science.

  9. I liked this book. It reminds me of my days as a little girl at my grandparents’ swamp with woods and a pond. I would enjoy reading this to the children to appreciate this type of habitat with its plant and animal life. I rate it at a 5.

  10. I have used Messner’s book, “Over and Under the Snow” with first grade classes during a unit on winter life. Its structure is similar to this book, where it is contrasting the natural goings-on both over and under the snow. Students are especially fascinated by the “under” parts because it’s not something they can easily see. I think students would feel the same way about this book on the pond. I appreciate the back matter that provides readers with more information on the different living things mentioned in the book. I could see using this to kick off a unit on ecosystems/habitats, or specifically on ponds, and then we could create our own over-under contrasts. I liked the suggestion of another camper to have students do some observations outdoors…we could infer what we think might be happening “under” if we see insects or other living things head under ground.
    I rate this book 4 stars.

  11. I liked this book. It is calm and soothing and provides a lot of information in small easily digestible chunks. The illustrations are gorgeous. I would use this for science curriculum when discussing pond ecosystems. It would be great to pair the reading of this book with a field trip to an actual pond. Also just a great book for pleasure reading. It’s fun when non-fiction is presented in a story / prose format. 5/5 stars

  12. This is a great book in many ways. I just spent time up north on a lake and saw every single thing mentioned in this book! My granddaughter and I laid on our tummies and observed what was in the water. We heard loon and red-winged blackbird calls. I even saw a moose at 1:30 A.M. I read the book just now, and was impressed by the authors thorough descriptions of the ecosystem of a pond. One of the other things that struck me about this book, is the different perspectives that are shown. We see things underwater, above the water, and from high in the trees. This is an excellent book! 5 stars

  13. This is an okay book. I liked how she used the concepts of over and under throughout the story. It illustrates the ecosystem of a pond using many examples. There are many animals introduced in the story and I might introduce them before the story is read. The author has information abut them at the back of the book. I wasn’t excited about the illustrations and thought that the colors seemed so drab, especially for the “over the pond” pages.

  14. This was a great book. I really enjoyed the illustrations. Our school is close to a State Park and would be a great book to read just before exploring the Park together. I like that the author put more information about the animals at the end of the book for students read and learn more. I see this book being a great tool to use with students who live in rural areas as well as city kids. After reading the book together the students can teach each other about the habitat of a pond. I give this book 5 stars.

  15. This book reminds me of “Around The Pond: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George. It peaks interest in exploring and discovering details in nature. Fall or spring would be a great time to bring students outdoors and have them observe what they saw. This could turn into a descriptive writing on sights, sounds, smells, or an art activity. It is an easy and quick read! I also liked that the characters weren’t Caucasian. ****

    • Yes, I agree! I thought of George’s book as I was reading this one. George’s book used to be part of our ELA curriculum, so I read it a lot.

  16. I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes children and adults do not pay attention to nature. I grew up on a lake and as a child I loved every part of nature. This book brought back so many memories of things I saw. I think this could really help children think about nature and what we could do to protect it. I would use this as a read aloud. I would then take students outside and just sit and look around. After awhile I would have then come inside and make a picture of what things they saw in nature. I would then bring the class back together for everyone to share. I’m sure there would be a wide variety of pictures. In the book at the end it gives a brief paragraph about each animal. I would invite students to do more research about one of these animals.
    I rate this book 5 stars.

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