Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt | Hardcover

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This exuberant and lyrical addition to the award-winning Over and Under series unveils the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves, and down in the dirt.

Explore the secret realm beneath the dirt that brings the world of nature to life: Follow a young girl and her grandmother on a journey through the year planning, planting, and harvesting their garden—and learn about what's happening in the dirt to help make it all happen.

Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world—earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow—populated by all the creatures that make a garden their home.

These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered up in the garden and down in the dirt in this sweet children’s book from Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal, the latest in their beloved series that offers kids a peek into hidden ecosystems.

ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL: Beautiful illustrations paired with an easy-to-follow storyline make this a great read for any early elementary school student, while a glossary of animals that live in, around, and under the garden enriches the reading experience.

INSPIRES A LOVE A NATURE: Offering a look inside a hidden and bustling underground ecosystem, this gorgeously illustrated book encourages children to explore the world around them and appreciate the natural wonders they discover.

★"The harmonious relationships above and below ground, and those between the two, emphasize the complexities of the garden ecosystem, as well as the joys of sustained engagement with the land."—The Horn Book Magazine

"Offers excellent coming attractions for what youngsters can expect when they try to grow something." —Reading Today

"Idyllically rustic. . . . Captur[es] a mood that both languid and teeming with life.' The New York Times 'Could not be more lovely." - The Washington Post

"Will have readers itching to get their hands dirty." - The Baltimore Sun 'Enchanting. . .

"A beautiful, informative addition to any collection." School Library Journal 'Stunning."


A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

A Regional Indie Bestseller (New England, Great Lakes) A WSRA Picture This! List selection

A Great Lakes Great Book Award winner

  • Features

    Shipping Dimensions: 12" H x 8" W x 1" L
    Format: Hardcover Picture Book
    No. of Pages: 56
    Release Date: Mar 14, 2017
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    ISBN: 9781452161365

  • Age/Safety

    Audience: Ages 6-8

  • About the Author

    Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator. He currently teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Kate Messner is a middle school teacher and the author of several books for young readers. She lives on Lake Champlain.

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