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Little Red Bat

Little Red Bat

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by Carole Gerber

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Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole


Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—On a chilly fall day, a tree bat wonders where to spend the winter. Should she stay in the forest or go? Seeking advice, she chats with a squirrel, deer, rabbit, chipmunk, mouse, wild turkey, and sparrow, and they each take a turn explaining how they spend the winter and warn the bat of possible dangers should she decide to stay. Gerber's style reflects her prior experience in writing science and reading textbooks; her word choices read like a basal text. Dialogues between the bat and the animals follow a similar pattern, and after a while become monotonous. Wald's realistic painterly illustrations nicely establish the seasonal forest setting. Fact-based activities that delve into bat adaptations and life cycles are appended. An online link leads to more cross-curricular connections. This story explores a lot of ground, from seasons to migration and to animal habits. For other informational picture books with more of an emphasis on bats, turn to Sandra Markle's Little Lost Bat (Charlesbridge, 2006) and Nicola Davies's Bat Loves the Night (Candlewick, 2001). Little Red Bat seems more suited for collections where curricular tie-in materials are needed.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Autumn has arrived and Little Red Bat needs to decide if she should stay in the forest for the winter or go somewhere else. She seeks advice from a squirrel, deer, rabbit, chipmunk, field mouse, turkey, and sparrow. As Little Red Bat asks each animal, "are you staying or going?" the reader learns a little about each animal's eating and hibernating habits as well as their enemies, as each animal advises Little Red Bat to be on the lookout for hawks or people or owls, among others. With a limited vocabulary and a definite educational slant, probably a result of the author's previous textbook writing credits, the story is a bit stilted. While providing some very interesting information about woodland animals, the story provides little for entertainment. The animals are drawn in a very realistic manner (but slightly out of scale) with expressive faces. Insets are provided to show animals in more detail. The background illustrations are a nice setting, but it appears as if the animals are sitting on top of the background instead of being a part of the scene. The final four pages provide more information "For Creative Minds" that includes further details on the animals within. With marginal story and ordinary illustrations, this is a necessary purchase only for libraries that need to fill a preschool or kindergarten non-fiction collection. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver

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Sylvan Dell Publishing
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8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Gerber is the author of eighteen picture books, including Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices. She lives in Powell, Ohio.
Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and/or illustrator of many picture books, including most recently Elephant’s Story. She lives in Vermont.  

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Little Red Bat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Did you know that red bats can either migrate or hibernate to protect themselves from the cold winter? Rather than living in caves, red bats hang out in trees. Winter is coming, and Little Red Bat is trying to decide whether to stay and hibernate or to migrate. As she considers her options, she learns how many of the other animals, such as squirrels, deer, rabbits, chipmunks, field mice, wild turkeys, and sparrows prepare for the winter. The sparrow invites her to fly to a warmer climate with his flock, and the others warn her about the dangers of owls, raccoons, opossums, hawks, foxes, humans, and cats if she stays. So, what would you do? And, what will Little Red Bat do? Author Carole Gerber, who has written over one hundred science and reading textbooks, allows youngsters to take an educational journey as they follow Little Red Bat's seasonal dilemma. They will also enjoy Christina Wald's charming illustrations that give the animals personality and warmth. The "For Creative Minds" educational section provides further information about bats and how various animals deal with seasonal changes, and contains two activities of matching the bat adaptations and sequencing the bat's life cycle. Also at Sylvan Dell's website can be found related websites, interactive quizzes, and other teaching activities pertaining to reading, language arts, science, math, and geography for use by parents or teachers. If you are "batty" about bats, this book is for you!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A little red bat's foot clung tightly to the stem of an oak leaf. The autumn winds had begun to blow and she wondered to herself, "Should I stay.or should I go?" Colorful leaves were fluttering to the ground and the next thing you know the little bat was lying on the ground curled up in a ball looking like "a furry pine cone." A gray squirrel noticed her and began to talk to her, but she was shy and didn't answer right away. Both the gray squirrel and the bat normally hung out in trees, but with the oncoming winter it was time for the little bad to decide if she should migrate or stay, but she was tentative and had questions. Would she be able to stay warm? If she left, "which way should she fly?" The squirrel warned her to watch out for owls. A deer approached, foraging for twigs and bark along the forest floor when she noticed the little red bat curled up into a ball. "Why are you still here?" the deer wanted to know. The deer explained how and why she was staying and left with the warning to watch out for raccoons. Perhaps the raccoon would think the little red bat was a pine one. A bunny came by, but she was not a threat. The little red bat spread her wings on the ground and listened to the bunny as she talked. Her warning was clear as she said, "If you stay watch out for opossums." The little red bat had a lot to think about because the animals of the forest who were staying were warning her about the predatory animals who would love to snatch her up and eat her. Would the little bat try to nestle among the leaves for the winter or migrate south with the sparrows? This was a charming tale that will teach children not only about how the red bat deals with change of season from autumn to winter, but will also teach them about how several other animals survive the change. Children will also learn about squirrels, deer, rabbits, chipmunks, mice, the wild turkey and sparrows. Through the gentle dialogue the reader will find out what the red bat eats, what they do during the winter months and will learn about the predators the red bat must be on the lookout for. Presented in storybook form, the conversations between assorted animals and the little red bat make it easy to absorb a lot of factual information, a set up that I liked a lot. The artwork was exceptionally well done and the two-page spread of all the animals, including the human ones, was very appealing. In the back of the book there are additional facts about the red bat, including an illustration of the bat and an adaptations quiz, a section on how animals "deal with seasonal changes," and the life cycle of the red bat in activity form. Additional activities can be accessed on the publishers website. Quill says: This little red bat has a big wonderful story to tell you about her life and the life of many other animals in the forest!