Little Red Bat

Little Red Bat

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by Carole Gerber, Christina Wald
     
 

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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

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Overview

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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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
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607188681
Publisher:
Arbordale Publishing
Publication date:
03/10/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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