Thursday, November 3, 2011

Winter is coming...where do the animals go?

I was originally going to post these books as a Non-Fiction Monday post later in November, but after the freak Northeast snowstorm this past weekend, I thought teachers and parents may want them earlier! Both are great for educating kids on what happens during the winter months of the year in the animal/insect kingdoms. 

Not a Buzz to Be Found by Linda Glaser and illustrator Jaime Zollars

Where do all the insects go during the snowy, cold winter? Glaser examines 12 different insects and their habits during the winter. And cool insects too! Ladybugs, wooly bear caterpillars, dragonflys, etc. The illustrations are excellent, a bit unique, which is always nice to see when you've looked at thousands of books.

The flow of the rhyming is a tad awkward at times, but the inclusion of facts into the rhymes, as well as the use of insects that many of us may not automatically think of, made up for least for me. I may not use this as a read aloud, but to discuss insects in winter, definitely.

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Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter
Linda Glaser
32 pages
November 2011
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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and illustrator Christopher Silas Neal

This was uses a sweet story of a child and her father spending time together, skiing through the woods in the winter, discussing where all the animals go during the cold season. He refers to it as a "secret kingdom" under the snow, which is a pretty fabulous description. We may not be able to see what the animals are doing, but Messner shows us that through clues, we can discover a lot. 

The flow of the text is perfectly paced and the softness of the illustrations, combined with the subtly of information makes this a really nice bedtime read. Teachers, don't worry, you're kids won't fall asleep if you read it in class, however it makes a nice one-on-one read as well. I really loved it! 

A small section in the back expands on each of the animals and their wintry habits.

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Over and Under the Snow
Kate Messner
44 pages
Chronicle Books
October 2011
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1 comment:

aneducationinbooks said...

I am looking forward to reading this book!