Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals On The Move In A Time Of Pandemic

minedition. Oct. 2021. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781662650499.
Gr 2-4–This unusual title highlights 12 animals in their habitats, and how they were affected by the absence of people and human activities during the pandemic. These animals, from around the world, are described through their group name (e.g., a herd of deer) and location. Presented are one or two details about their diet and behavior before the pandemic and what has changed since: how their habitat has expanded, or how their behavior has changed. For example, lions in South Africa can walk the roads usually filled with tourists and rest anywhere in the sun. The accompanying illustration shows five or six lions covering a Jeep and sleeping. Deer in Japan are riding the escalators in the subway and eating out of garbage cans. Sea turtles in Mexico and Brazil are able to increase their numbers because of quiet beaches, without people. Brief notes at the end offer a few details about the habitat, biomes, and behavior of these animals. While the premise of this book is to highlight how human behavior affects animal behavior and how a change like pandemic lockdowns offer opportunities to rethink some of our interactions and effects on wildlife, this title does not offer enough information or ideas for pursuing these goals.
VERDICT Animal fun facts and behavior during the pandemic, with often inappropriate illustrations, do not save this title. Not recommended.

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