Armadillos Sleep in Dugouts: and Other Places Animals Live

Armadillos Sleep in Dugouts: and Other Places Animals Live

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Diane deGroat
     
 

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Rhyming verse brings a unique perspective to the topic of where animals live and hang out. From armadillos to Asian elephants and badgers to three-toed sloths, animals are presented by region in their native habitats. This book will be useful for teachers in the preschool and elementary school classroom and also for any child who is fascinated by the animal world… See more details below

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Rhyming verse brings a unique perspective to the topic of where animals live and hang out. From armadillos to Asian elephants and badgers to three-toed sloths, animals are presented by region in their native habitats. This book will be useful for teachers in the preschool and elementary school classroom and also for any child who is fascinated by the animal world around them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
This is an excellent read-aloud for introducing children to non-fiction materials. Although the author recommends ages 5 to 8, this range could be expanded to 12 for read-aloud audiences. The author presents her information in a poetic style, discussing the various habitats of outdoor animals, where they find they homes, how they prepare their nests. At the end of each verse, she poses a question to the reader about another creature, as yet unmentioned. The illustrations appear in watercolors and add beauty and accurate presentation to the story. Some of the animals discussed are armadillos, beavers, squirrels, river otters, spiders, cactus wrens, hedgehogs and sloth. This is an excellent book to be included in habitat studies and centers as well as centers dealing with nature studies.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--A rhythmic rhyming text introduces children to the concept of differing terms for animal "homes"--some constructed like a beaver's lodge or a gray squirrel's drey, and others simply part of the habitat, like the rain-forest canopy "home" of the sloth or a thicket for pampas deer. Almost 30 differing critters from badgers to bowerbirds are cited in the brief notations. All are accompanied by warm, double-page watercolors that depict the animals in their native habitats. Missing, unfortunately, is a listing of the animals and a map of some sort showing global distribution, so parents/teachers of the extra curious may find themselves doing some research to answer unexpected questions. There also seems to be some confusion between living "in" or "on" a holt, and the term "furrows" and "burrows." Still and all, a pleasant, friendly book from the same team that produced A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse (Hyperion, 1997).--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
From the collaborators behind Pinky Is a Baby Mouse (p. 468) and following its format, a book about animal homes and habitats.

Rhyming quatrains with a typical A-B-C-B metrical pattern each end in a first-person question, e.g., "I'm an Arctic lemming. Where will my household be?" The required page turn divulges another short verse that expounds on a particular dwelling. Fox's den and spider's web are interspersed with the less familiar squirrel's drey, badger's sett, or river otter's holt, introducing unusual vocabulary in easily understood context. Backyard, jungle, savannnah, forest, and ice floe provide a variety of safe locations; the text also visits rufous ovenbirds, pampas deer, garden bowerbirds, and African termites. Woodsy, naturalistic watercolor habitats harbor sets of creatures with similar environs. Several of the lines are awkward or out of meter, making this difficult to read aloud, and no new territory is charted; instead, it's a smattering of brief encounters and a mild overview of the range of animal homes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786802746
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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