The Surprisingly Complex Principles of a Successful Picture Book
Chronicle Books

Dear Melissa Manlove,

Thank you for writing this essay, which is a good analysis of this particular picture book. However, Over and Under the Snow is nonfiction, so its features will not include much plot, action, character development, or other aspects of fiction, which is the predominant genre of picture books. Also, although Over and Under the Snow is written in rhymed poetic form, including slant or partial rhyme, this book does not divide the lines properly for rhymed poetry. The format puzzles me because no one seems to have noticed the logical poetic divisions of sentences.

Best wishes for the holidays!


Janet Ruth Heller, Ph.D.

Author of the award-winning book for children about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006), and the middle-grade book for kids The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015).

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