Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Hardcover)

By Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal (By (artist))

Chronicle Books, 9781452119366, 52pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

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In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! 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 animals that make a garden their home.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the award-winning author of Over and Under the Snow, Sea Monster's First Day, Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish, and more than a dozen other books for young readers. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator whose work is published regularly in the New York Times and shown in galleries. He teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

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

"This is a really sweet book that explains how nature helps make a garden, with teamwork."--This Kid Reviews Books

"This beautifully illustrated work shines a light on life beneath the surface."--Modern Luxury: Manhattan

"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

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