Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

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In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.

Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else?and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations. A book about ...

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In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.

Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations. A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/23/2013
Schaefer (One Special Day) and Neal (Over and Under the Snow) use traits and developmental milestones of 11 species as a way to take full measure of animal lives, and the result is as intriguing as it is gorgeous. Readers visit a silvery forest, where “In one lifetime, this woodpecker”—a handsome fellow with a bright red crest, seen simultaneously perched on trees and peering out of holes—“will drill 30 roosting holes in the woods. Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!” Did Neal really draw 900 flowers in meadow (the number a swallowtail butterfly visits during a lifespan) or 1,000 “teeny-weeny, squiggly-wiggly” seahorse babies (the number a male seahorse carries and births)? It looks like he probably did. But those who would rather trust than verify won’t miss out—the stylized nature vignettes, rendered in the flat, vivid colors of poster art, offer rewards to both close, numbers-minded readers and those who simply want to savor the wonder of it all. Back matter includes information on each species as well as how to compute averages and solve story problems. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"A delightful read for the little future park ranger or mathematician in your life."--Buzzfeed

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Whether you teach with it or curl up with it, you'll be wondering and learning all at once."--DesignMom

"Useful for. integrating literature into math instruction."--School Library Journal

"Readers (or listeners) will enjoy counting the joeys, seahorses, alligator eggs or spots on the giraffe."-Kirkus Reviews

"Fills a clever niche for both animal science and mathematics."-Booklist

"Concepts of counting and quantity are cleverly examined."-The Horn Book Magazine

"Beautiful book."-The Wall Street Journal

"As intriguing as it is gorgeous."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An engaging teaching tool on so many levels."--Cool Mom Picks

"A fascinating addition to the curious reader's library."--The Daily Parent

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This addition to animal counting books mixes in science and mathematical processing to share numbers from behaviors or events occurring over an animal's lifetime. The count begins with the single egg sac a cross spider produces in its lifetime. The count continues with 10 sets of antlers a caribou grows, then 20 fleeces for a llama, and up to 50 before it skips to 100, 200, 550, 900 and 1,000. Each spread highlights a different insect, animal, or plant. The main text is minimal and suitable for storytime while the back is appropriate for older readers, providing background information on each animal and an explanation of how the numbers were derived. Additional pages explain how an average is calculated and the author's love of math. The illustrations are stylized, using high contrast to ease counting and improve legibility, although numbers beyond 200 will require very determined numerists. This book will be useful for units on integrating literature into math instruction.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
Kirkus Reviews
An original concept that begins simply and ends up surprisingly--and somewhat confusingly--complex. Award winner Schaefer and illustrator Neal team up to create a picture book about the number of times particular events occur in the lifetimes of 11 different animals. Neal's illustrations--appealingly retro in their understated style and muted color scheme--accurately portray the numeric facts presented: "In one lifetime, this female red kangaroo will birth 50 joeys"--and voilà, there's a double-page spread of 50 baby kangaroos. Readers (or listeners) will enjoy counting the joeys, sea horses, alligator eggs or spots on the giraffe. It's all fun and games until the backmatter arrives. Then, facts about each animal (Latin name, habitat, lifespan) and convoluted mathematical explanations of how Schaefer arrived at each of her numbers are presented. A more child-friendly explanation of averages and how to calculate them follows. Readers are invited to use this newly acquired knowledge to ponder two math word problems given at the end of the book. Is this book about the natural world? Counting? Statistics? Solving math word problems? It's hard to say. A great deal of information is presented, for a range of ages. Kudos for not dumbing it down, however. A more cohesive theme would make for a more understandable overall presentation, but readers will get their money's worth. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452107141
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 180,595
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 12.18 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Lola M. Schaefer is the award-winning author of many books for children of all ages, including Just One Bite. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Georgia.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author who regularly contributes to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and creates book covers for various publishers. He has directed short animated videos for Kate Spade and Anthropologie and was awarded a medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work in motion graphics.

He illustrated the acclaimed picture books Over and Under the Snow and Lifetime, both of which explore the natural world. Over and Under the Snow, with author Kate Messner was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and won an E.B. White Honor Award in 2012. He recently contributed art to New York Times Best Seller, Goodnight Songs a collection of poems by author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Neal's self-authored book debut "Everyone" will be published by Candlewick press in 2015.

He exhibits drawings at galleries and speaks at events around the world. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn and teaches Illustration at Pratt Institute.

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    Posted December 12, 2014

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    Disappointed with this book. Hoping my grandchild will read it more than once.

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