Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle : How Animals Get Ready for Winter
by Salas, Laura Purdie; Gévry, Claudine (ILT)






Fact-filled rhymes and evocative natural-world artwork depict a variety of familiar wild animals, from snakes and foxes to hummingbirds and whales, who survive the cold winter season through migration or hibernation. By the author of If You Were the Moon. Illustrations.





How do animals prepare for winter? Salas offers 12 examples in a picture book with three kinds of text. In large type, rhymed couplets offer brief, sometimes cryptic comments on each double-page spread. Text for the monarch butterfly spread reads, "Float like a kite on a sweet, nectar breeze. / Cluster on branches of tall family trees." The verse text maintains a consistently cheerful tone. In smaller type, a sentence provides a fact or two about the animal pictured, while most of the information appears in the well-structured back matter aimed at older readers. In the illustrated main section of the book, the arrangement of featured animals and their winter strategies seems somewhat random, but the back matter reveals the overall organization in paragraphs of text that explain the three main survival strategies (migrate, hibernate, tolerate) and discuss the four examples of each. Within the pastel artwork, rounded forms, soft edges, and warm colors create an endearing look. Primary grade teachers may find this picture book a useful read-aloud choice to supplement units on animals in winter. Grades K-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.





How do animals prepare for winter? Salas offers 12 examples in a picture book with three kinds of text. In large type, rhymed couplets offer brief, sometimes cryptic comments on each double-page spread. Text for the monarch butterfly spread reads, "Float like a kite on a sweet, nectar breeze. / Cluster on branches of tall family trees." The verse text maintains a consistently cheerful tone. In smaller type, a sentence provides a fact or two about the animal pictured, while most of the information appears in the well-structured back matter aimed at older readers. In the illustrated main section of the book, the arrangement of featured animals and their winter strategies seems somewhat random, but the back matter reveals the overall organization in paragraphs of text that explain the three main survival strategies (migrate, hibernate, tolerate) and discuss the four examples of each. Within the pastel artwork, rounded forms, soft edges, and warm colors create an endearing look. Primary grade teachers may find this picture book a useful read-aloud choice to supplement units on animals in winter. Grades K-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.





Animal behaviors change as they prepare to face the winter. Migrate, hibernate, or tolerate. With smooth rhymes and jaunty illustrations, Salas and GĂ©vry introduce three strategies animals use for coping with winter cold. The author's long experience in imparting information to young readers is evident in her selection of familiar animals and in her presentation. Spread by spread she introduces her examples, preparing in fall and surviving in winter. She describes two types of migration: Hummingbirds and monarchs fly, and blue whales travel to the warmth of the south; earthworms burrow deeper into the earth. Without using technical words, she introduces four forms of hibernation—chipmunks nap and snack; bears mainly sleep; Northern wood frogs become an "icy pop," frozen until spring; and normally solitary garter snakes snuggle together in huge masses. Those who can tolerate the winter still change behavior. Mice store food and travel in tunnels under the snow; moose grow a warmer kind of fur; the red fox dives into the snow to catch small mammals (like those mice); and humans put on warm clothes and play. The animals in the soft pastel illustrations are recognizable, more cuddly than realistic, and quite appealing; their habitats are stylized. The humans represent varied ethnicities. Each page includes two levels of text, and there's further information in the extensive backmatter. Pair with Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen's Winter Bees (2014). A good choice for a late fall storytime. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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