Little Red Bat

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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 Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 3/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,303,629
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Are you "batty" about bats?

    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!

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