The Secret Life of the Skunk

Boyds Mills/Highlights. Aug. 2019. 32p. further reading. glossary. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781629798776.
K-Gr 4–Pringle introduces readers to five young skunks as they cuddle close in the secret burrow their mother made deep in the ground. The striped skunks are nurtured by their mother for several weeks. At about five weeks old, the kits are ready to venture out of their burrow to learn to hunt for food under maternal supervision. The author depicts the fascinating journey of growth and discovery from early spring through summer as the skunks learn how to survive and prepare for a life without their mother. Packed with interesting facts and beautiful digital illustrations, this nonfiction book will entice early readers and student researchers alike. Back matter includes more information about skunks as well as a glossary and a list of additional resources.
VERDICT Young readers will enjoy the lyrical text and warm illustrations in this fourth book in the author’s “Secret Life” series

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