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Book: A Warm Winter Tail
Author: Carrie A. Pearson
Illustrator: Christina Wald
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-529-1 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-538-3 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-547-5 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pearson, Carrie A. A Warm Winter Tail (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). What do different kinds of animals do to stay warm in winter? Of course, some of them hibernate while others migrate. In this interesting twist of perspective, little red foxes, box turtles, black-capped chickadees, black bears, white-tailed deer, honeybees, grey squirrels, monarch butterflies, deer mice, wood frogs, and hummingbirds all ask their mamas if humans do what they do to survive the winter. There’s also a young girl who asks her mother how the animals keep warm! Do they have furnaces and wear heavy coats as we humans do?
Author Carrie Pearson says that the idea for this debut picture book came from an encounter with a white-tailed deer on a winter’s day. Kids always enjoy reading and learning about animals. Teachers and parents can use the “For Creative Minds” educational section in the back of the book, with its “Animals and Winter Adaptation Fun Facts” and “Winter Animal Matching Activity,” along with additional teaching activities at the publisher’s website, to enhance the educational value of this book, which is designed to be both a fun story to read and a launch pad for further discussions about the animals. By the way, do you know whether wood frogs are mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, or amphibians? Well, you can learn that from the “Winter Animal Matching Activity.”