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Animals in Fall

Preparing for Winter

Animals in Fall
Amanda Enright Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

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9.5 X 9.8 in
24 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Seasons


Honk! Geese are flying south. Grr! Black bears are looking for a den. Munch! Deer are eating extra food. Find out what other animals do to get ready for winter. What happens in fall? Find out in the Fall's Here! series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!


"In the fall as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, animals have to being preparing for winter. Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter, relates the animals preparation for winter through pictures and text. The story details how some animals go south to warmer climates while others go to sleep or change their appearances. Whales eat all summer to fatten up for the long swim south. They live off their fat as they migrate. Geese fly in groups as they travel south, stopping for food in lakes along the way. Deer eat acorns and leaves in the fall so that they can put extra fat on their bodies for winter Animals such as bears and snakes fatten up in the fall and then find caves or dens to hibernate for the winter. Other animals must change their appearances to blend in so that they are protected from predators. At the end of the book an activity that children can do to understand how extra fat can keep you warm is featured. There is also a glossary that contains definitions of words used in the book. To learn more about how animals prepare for winter, there is a list of books and websites. Scattered throughout the text are Red leaves containing additional facts about the subject matter. This book is appropriate for grades K-3. Preschool aged children will enjoy the colorful, expressive illustrations by Amanda Enright." --Science Books & FilmsJournal

"In a series of books that describe all things about fall, Rustad provides a lively vehicle for extending readers' vocabulary. All of the books have a concluding activity to make or do. Animals presents an interesting experiment to explain the word 'blubber,' the fatty layer that ocean animals have, while Pumpkins delivers an easy-to-mix recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds. Leaves is outstanding for explaining the process of photosynthesis and chlorophyll in simple terms; Weather, for its clear description of seasons and the word 'equinox.' Apples is not so successful in elucidating how an apple seed grows into a tree, creating more questions than are answered. Harvest offers little new information about planting or reaping, and the directions for making a corn-husk doll are sketchy. Colorful illustrations fill the spreads with active, cartoonlike boys and girls surrounded by the green, brown, and orange hues of autumn. Select among the titles for topics of interest." --School Library JournalJournal

"Seasons and related nature changes are interesting subjects for students to explore. This series is appealing with Amanda Enright's colorful, vivid illustrations. Beginning and struggling readers will like the short sentences and simple text by Martha Rustad. The information enhances student understanding of science concepts and the seasons, and listed recipes and activities will enable readers to actively learn about these topics.Teachers looking for science or season materials will find this series very useful for their classrooms." --Library Media ConnectionJournal

Author Bio

Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than two hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from snowflakes to termites to the Statue of Liberty. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Amanda Enright is an illustrator from West Sussex in the United Kingdom.