Animals in Spring


In spring, young animals are born. Some animals wake up from long winter slumbers. Others migrate from winter homes to summer homes. See how animals come to life in the spring season.

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In spring, young animals are born. Some animals wake up from long winter slumbers. Others migrate from winter homes to summer homes. See how animals come to life in the spring season.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
As part of the “All About Spring” series, this book supports science and social studies education while helping children learn through the use of repetition, subject-specific vocabulary, and large, photographic images that support the text. This volume describes and illustrates animals and animal behavior in spring. The photographs span over a page each and magnify a single subject; each provides a clear, simplified illustration of the text topic. In addition, the volume contains a table of contents, a glossary, a list of books and Internet sites for interested readers, and an index. The vocabulary is well chosen, though it would be nice if words from the glossary were highlighted in context throughout the text. Each page contains a nice picture of a different type of animal, alongside text related to its behavior in the spring. For example, one page describes how bears wake up in the warm weather to look for food. Additional passages touch on subjects like pollination, migration, hatching eggs, finding mates, and more. While the book offers many good examples, it may not be clear to young readers how to extrapolate one animal’s behavior into a larger concept. Additionally, Rustad tends to avoid assigning labels to the concepts, so the behaviors sometimes seem random. The text ends with a question, engaging readers to apply what they have learned and reinforcing the concepts. This volume ties in nicely with the other volumes in the series, repeating concepts and expanding them to concentrate specifically on animals. For example, other volumes mention how daylight lengthens in the spring, but this volume describes how this affects hibernating bears. In addition, this features the honeybee, which ties in with pollination concepts from Plants in Spring. Altogether, this book is part of a simple yet thoughtful science series for young readers. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 7.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429693585
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: All about Spring Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 977,542
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than one hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from baby ducks to black holes to ancient Babylon. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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Table of Contents

Springtime 4

Waking Up 6

Coming Home 12

New Life 16

Glossary 22


Internet Sites 23

Index 24

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