A Warm Winter Tail
Blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction, this lyrical book shares the amazing but true story of animals' adaptations in winter.
Selected for the Great Lakes, Great Reads literature program. Winner of a Gelett Burgess Award in the Nature for All Ages Category. Click the photo to view the book trailer!
Baby animals wonder how humans keep warm:
Baby Fox: "Do they wrap their tails tight
‘round their bodies just right
as heaters to chase out the chill?"
Mama Fox: "No tail to drape them,
to cover and cape them.
Their blankets are cotton and wool."
A September 2012 release by Sylvan Dell Publishing.
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* Library Media Connection: Highly Recommended
Young children often wonder how some animals can survive the winter cold. In
this book, various young animals ask how humans can stay warm in the winter.
For example, a fawn asks its mama if humans grow hollow hair so they can trap
heat during the cold months. Young readers will learn how these animals adapt
to cold temperatures. Double-page illustrations capture the essence of the
accompanying text. Eleven different animals are featured in this picture book
which can be read as a stand-alone or as an introduction to a variety of
science topics. School librarians and teachers will enjoy the additional
information presented in “For Creative Minds” and, especially, the additional
activities offered online through the publisher’s website. The teaching
activities are cross-curricular and there are interactive quizzes available.
Sheila Acosta, Children’s Librarian, Cody Library, San Antonio, Texas [Editor’s
Note: Available in e-book format and paperback.] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
* International Reading Association: http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/blog/BlogSinglePost/reading-today-online/2013/01/30/reviews-of-new-winter-books-for-children#.UQ-0L5Ao6M8
* Home Educating Family Association: http://hedua.com/reviews/warm-winter-tail/
"A cozy “tail” compares the adaptations animals and humans have for surviving winter’s chill. Baby animals ask grown-ups how humans keep warm in the winter. A fox kit asks, “How do humans keep warm in the winter, Mama? / Do they wrap their tails tight / ’round their bodies just right / as heaters to chase out the chill?” Mama answers, “No fur tail for draping, / for covering and caping; / their blankets are cotton and wool.” Each baby in turn asks if humans adapt as they do. The wide variety of animals portrayed ensures that most winter adaptations are covered, though camouflage is lacking. The “For Creative Minds” section includes a spread of extensive further information and two pages of activities—matching animal to adaptation (the only place where the animals are identified by captioned thumbnails) and then sorting the animals into their four classes. More activities and learning materials are on the publisher’s website. Wald’s lifelike illustrations incorporate speech bubbles for the babies’ questions and include humorous imaginings of how humans would look with animals’ adaptations, e.g., a child with butterfly wings."
* The Feathered Quill
* Homeschool Book Review: http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/788333/
Sylvan Dell Publishing: http://sylvandellpublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=WarmWinter
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McLean & Eakin Booksellers: http://www.mcleanandeakin.com/book/9781607185291
Head on over to www.awarmwintertail.com for more information about the book, resources for teachers and librarians, and author visit information.
Check out Sylvan Dell Publishing's webpage and QR for the book: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=WarmWinter