This nonfiction picture book in the "Animals All Around" series, firsts asks if crocodiles dance. The following page answers the question: "No! Crocodiles bask in the sun." A paragraph at the bottom of the page explains that crocodiles soak up heat from the sun to keep their bodies warm by basking in the sun in the morning. The text proceeds in the same manner, asking if lions, elephants, flamingos, wolves, rhinos, raccoons, sea otters, and dolphins dance. Some further information about each animal is given after each "no" answer. The last question, "Do bees Dance?" is answered with "Yes! Bees dance." The short paragraph explains how bees appear to dance when they find a source of food. A page at the end of the text, "Why Animals Have Different Habits," groups one sentence facts from the text into categories, such as habits that help animals stay warm or cool, etc. The last page provides a short glossary, bibliography, website, and index. The illustrations, created digitally, are bright and simple. Children will enjoy the question-and-answer format, and the facts about each animal should keep their interest and stimulate their curiosity.
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.
Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.