Animals Hibernating: How Animals Survive Extreme Conditions

Animals Hibernating: How Animals Survive Extreme Conditions

by Pamela Hickman, Pat Stephens
     
 

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In this title in the Animal Behavior series, kids will find out which animals hibernate and why, the difference between true hibernators and deep sleepers, where animals hibernate, what happens while they hibernate, and much more. Whether to avoid extreme weather, conserve energy or survive on meager resources, animals hibernate in some unexpected ways. Packed with

Overview

In this title in the Animal Behavior series, kids will find out which animals hibernate and why, the difference between true hibernators and deep sleepers, where animals hibernate, what happens while they hibernate, and much more. Whether to avoid extreme weather, conserve energy or survive on meager resources, animals hibernate in some unexpected ways. Packed with illustrations, facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments, Animals Hibernating is an innovative approach to understanding animal life.

Editorial Reviews

The Globe and Mail
[Informative, well-paced text, appealing illustrations of migrators and hibernators.
Booklist
[Engaging clarity... plenty of visual appeal.
From the Publisher
[I]nformative, well-paced text, appealing illustrations of migrators and hibernators.

[E]ngaging clarity... plenty of visual appeal.

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The subtitle notwithstanding, Hickman focuses on hibernation, covering true hibernators, deep sleepers, and estivators. She explains why animals use this adaptation, how different species prepare for hibernating and its dangers, and how they awaken in the spring. Sidebars with the heading "If you were a-" and lists of bulleted facts lend variety to the text. Simple experiments that reinforce the information are included. Readers will enjoy the ease of the read and the peaceful, earth-tone watercolor illustrations with the animals labeled. A pleasant addition for animal lovers.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hickman surveys how animals survive extreme temperatures with periods of dormancy or hibernation. She includes the preparation-building up a layer of fat, storing food; finding a safe place alone or in groups; avoiding hazards and thawing out. Most interesting is information on cold-blooded animals like frogs and turtles that actually freeze solid because of a special type of sugar in their blood. Each topic is treated in two pages with accompanying illustrations. Since drawings are not to scale, the viewer may wonder whether a Turkish hamster, polar bear and albino groundhog, all appearing on the same page, are the same size. The distinction between "true hibernators" and "deep sleepers" is hard to follow, especially when the author uses "hibernating" and "hibernation" to include both. Some interesting information, but lacking in supporting sources; fuzzy science, attractive price, marginal title. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553376637
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Animal Behavior Series
Edition description:
Agaes 7-11
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Pamela is an award-winning author of over 35 non-fiction nature books for children, including The Kids Canadian Nature Series, My First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

Pat Stephens, mother, animal lover and artist, lives in a crowded house in Durham, Ontario. She has illustrated over 20 animal - related books for children.

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