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Posted April 15, 2010
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!