Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter

Lerner/Millbrook. Sept. 2019. 32p. glossary. lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9781541529007.
PreS-K–What animals do to survive winter weather is divided into four categories: migration, hibernation, toleration, or a combination of these actions. Gévry’s soft pastel illustrations combine with Salas’s rhyming text, depicting the wildlife in two-page spreads. Bear, butterfly, chipmunk, fox, frog, hummingbird, moose, mouse, snake, whale, worm, and even people show their accommodations. On one spread, two monarch butterflies sail through the landscape toward their group clustered in trees: “Float like a kite on a sweet, nectar breeze. Cluster on branches of tall family trees.” The text is mellifluous, and the inclusion of a fast fact in small script does not distract from the whole: “This monarch butterfly flies south in fall to mate and lay eggs in spring.” The back matter, written at a fifth-grade level, describes each of the animals and their methods of surviving their climate.
VERDICT Despite the annoying trend in juvenile nonfiction literature of excluding sources, the lack of documentation here does not hinder the value of such a well-organized, clearly written, and delightfully illustrated work. Too charming to miss.

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