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It's Moving Day!
     

It's Moving Day!

by Pamela Hickman, Geraldo Valerio (Illustrator)
 

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Tucked away beneath a big tree on the edge of a field lies a home — a small burrow — for many. In every season, a different creature makes its home here and then moves on, making room for the next occupant.

After a long winter's sleep, the woodchuck relocates to another burrow, but its former home is not left vacant for long. A cottontail rabbit

Overview

Tucked away beneath a big tree on the edge of a field lies a home — a small burrow — for many. In every season, a different creature makes its home here and then moves on, making room for the next occupant.

After a long winter's sleep, the woodchuck relocates to another burrow, but its former home is not left vacant for long. A cottontail rabbit raises her family there. After the kits have all hopped away, a salamander takes refuge in the same safe place.

Through this engaging and informative introduction to woodland animals in their habitats, young readers will delight in learning about natural science as it is integrated into an inviting picture book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
... The illustrations are distinctive and engaging ... a calming book to read to a young child who is nervous about moving ...—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Valerio's acrylic illustrations jump off the page ... He uses naturalistic swathes of color to portray the seasons and the animals, excellently conveying birth, renewal and the passage of time — indeed, the vivid and kinetic paintings are the real standout.—Kirkus Reviews

A lively introduction to woodland animals ...—Books for Growing Minds

... sweet and engaging book ... it is sure to comfort little ones ...—The Chronicle Herald

... an appealing and educational introduction ... [the] content is rich and abounding in natural drama ... acrylic illustrations ... are vibrant and filled with energy.—Canadian Children's Book News

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
A burrow deep beneath a "big tree on the edge of a field" becomes home to a succession of animals. In spring a woodchuck climbs out of the burrow and prepares to make his new home in a pasture. It isn't long before a rabbit moves in, finding the home a perfect place to raise her kits. By late fall she has vacated the burrow and a salamander takes over for the winter. So it goes through all the seasons until it comes full circle when another woodchuck nestles down for the winter. This perfect early science book is awash with lively acrylic illustrations depicting lots of action and the change of seasons. As each animal leaves the burrow it proclaims, "It's moving day" a refrain that youngsters will enjoy chiming in on. A fact sheet at the end gives additional information about the eight animals included in the text. In this era of going green and conservation here is a valuable lesson for children on how some animals recycle a resource. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- This story creatively shows that even animals recycle-in this case, it is a burrow under a tree that, from season to season, becomes home to a variety of different woodland creatures. After a woodchuck moves out, a mother rabbit raises her babies there. She is followed by a salamander that hibernates in it, a raccoon and her brood, and milk snakes that coil in a knot in it. Later chipmunks live there, followed by a skunk family. Finally, readers are brought full circle as a plump woodchuck uses it for his winter shelter. Simple factual information is woven into the text and in the illustrations. It includes the season the animal uses the burrow, or what it is lined with, or what the animal eats, or the number of young in a litter, or predators from which they hide. The book concludes with a short paragraph about each of the featured species. Valério's acrylic illustrations are colorfully impressionistic rather than realistically detailed. Each depiction of "moving day" is action-filled. Young children will enjoy this appealing beginning fact book.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
A variety of the animals that burrow into the earth for various purposes are the focus of this science picture book for very young children. At the beginning of spring, a woodchuck vacates its burrow for warmer pastures; a cottontail rabbit decides to use the winter burrow for the birth and raising of her babies. As the seasons progress, the author points out the circle of life via the use of the burrow by a salamander, raccoon, snakes, chipmunks, skunks and finally a woodchuck. Valerio's acrylic illustrations jump off the page, giving a sense of movement and progress. He uses naturalistic swathes of color to portray the seasons and the animals, excellently conveying birth, renewal and the passage of time-indeed, the vivid and kinetic paintings are the real standout. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)
Books for Growing Minds
A lively introduction to woodland animals ...
Canadian Children’s Book News
... an appealing and educational introduction...[the content is rich and abounding in natural drama...acrylic illustrations...are vibrant and filled with energy.
The Chronicle Herald
... sweet and engaging book ... it is sure to comfort little ones ...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554539291
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 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, First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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