The Animals' Winter Sleep

The Animals' Winter Sleep

by Lynda Graham-Barber, Nancy Carol Willis
     
 

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Taking nonfiction into the realm of bedtime read-to-me stories, this rich, melodic text paired with detailed color pencil illustrations describes how 13 North American animal species—such as black bear, ermine,  pileated woodpecker, porcupine, river otter, and ruffed grouse—survive harsh winter snows snug inside their dens, nests, burrows, and

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Taking nonfiction into the realm of bedtime read-to-me stories, this rich, melodic text paired with detailed color pencil illustrations describes how 13 North American animal species—such as black bear, ermine,  pileated woodpecker, porcupine, river otter, and ruffed grouse—survive harsh winter snows snug inside their dens, nests, burrows, and lodges. Additional information, geared to very young children, includes animal winter survival adaptations, such as the foods they eat, nesting materials, camouflage, and predator survival along with a series of questions that encourage children to look back at the illustrations for clues. A line art diagram of the final panorama illustration that identifies the location of all 13 animal species is also included.

Editorial Reviews

Your Big Backyard Magazine
Selected as the Book-of-the-Month for December 2008. This gentle winter tale is perfect for lulling young ones to sleep.
Midwest Book Review
A perfect read-aloud book for parents to share with little ones just before bedtime. Gentle illustrations in cool, soothing colors show different animals sleeping snugly in their dens, nests, burrows, and lodges.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
During the cold winter months, some animals are active and some take long sleeps or hibernate. The thirteen animals depicted in this book have a variety of ways of coping with the winter. The active snowshoe hare takes its rest in a hollow log; the porcupine edges itself among some rocks and gets its rest. Skunks snuggle together in an underground den, and beavers live year round in their cozy lodges built above ground but entered through an underwater doorway. Black bears hibernate, and raccoons love hollow trees, while squirrels sleep in leafy nests in the tree, wrapping their long furry tails round their faces for extra warmth. The last spread shows the animals' footprints and various facts about them. While it is interesting, the book might have been even more effective if it had focused only on non-hibernating animals, that is, if it left out the bears, since their sleep is different from the other animals included, all of whom are active in winter. The final page gives the answers to a spread that challenges the reader to find all of the sleeping animals. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
From the Publisher
"This gentle winter tale is perfect for lulling young ones to sleep."  —Your Big Backyard, National Wildlife Federation children's nature magazine, which selected The Animals' Winter Sleep as its Book-of-the-Month for December 2008

"Captures the wonder of unique animal adaptions in winter in a way that will appeal to young children. The text is . . . rich with real natural history woven in."  —Teresa Mitchell, education director, Vermont Institute of Natural Science

"Bold brilliant illustrations depict accurate natural history. . . . Young children will discover where 13 familiar animal species sleep. Extra information in the back of the book extends the story and encourages interactions with the illustrations. A must on your bedtime story list!  —Helen Fey Fischel, associate director of education, Delaware Nature Society

"A perfect read-aloud book for parents to share with little ones just before bedtime. Gentle illustrations in cool, soothing colors show different animals sleeping snugly in their dens, nests, burrows, and lodges."  —Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983340645
Publisher:
Birdsong Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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The Animals' Winter Sleep


By Lynda Graham-Barber

Birdsong Books

Copyright © 2008 Lynda Graham-Barber
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-9833406-4-5


CHAPTER 1

Where do the northern animals sleep when it's nose-stinging cold and the snow drifts deep?

Bedded down in the spruce grove, where the howling winds don't blow.

In a hollow log near the old fence row.

Wedged between the rocks, sleeping all alone,

Snug together under a crumbing wall of stone.

In a mud-and-stick lodge, shaped like a dome,

Curled up warm in their boulder cave home.

Inside a dead maple tree, with family all around,

Tail-wrapped, in a tree-top nest, safe from all harm.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Animals' Winter Sleep by Lynda Graham-Barber. Copyright © 2008 Lynda Graham-Barber. Excerpted by permission of Birdsong Books.
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What People are saying about this

Helen Fey Fischel
Bold brilliant illustrations depict accurate natural history information . . . young children will discover where 13 familiar animal species sleep. Extra information in the back of the book extends the story and encourages interactions with the illustrations. A must on your bedtime story list! (Helen Fey Fischel, associate director of education, Delaware Nature Society)

Meet the Author

Lynda Graham-Barber is the author of 10 nonfiction picture books for children—including Spy Hops and Belly Flops and Toad or Frog? Swamp or Bog?and a series of holiday books that includes Christmas, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. She lives in Newport Center, Vermont. Nancy Carol Willis is the author and illustrator of Raccoon Moon, Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey, and The Robins in Your Backyard. She lives in Middletown, Delaware.

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