written by Michelle Meadows; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
(Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Forest animals are gathering at the station to prepare for winter hibernation. They have their pajamas on and the bear conductor hands out pillows. The hollowed out logs will provide a snoozing spot for their winter slumber, but it isn't without some difficulties. The black bear's rodent roommate apparently snores too much. Hedgehog babies are getting wet and the young chipmunks have spilled their drink. Fortunately these animals are in good hands as the bear conductors review their blueprints and make decisions to solve the problems. Soon all on board are sleeping peacefully for the season.
If the ALA decides to hand out an award for the cutest book of 2010, Hibernation Station will be in the running. You can't go wrong with animals (even the snakes!) in pajamas. This book is a clever take on hibernation and serves as a great introductory piece for young students who are not familiar with this process. Most of my students did not know the term hibernation. The rhyming and Kurt Cyrus's excellent illustrations kept my kids engaged. As an extension activity, my students used a circle map on the SmartBoard. I uploaded this lesson and it should be available in two weeks on the SmartBoard Exchange (see links on the right.) Make sure you read the author's note in the back matter for more information on hibernation.
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