Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Animal Naps

Animal Naps
written by Catherine Ham
2011 (Early Light Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

 A sloth's not much good on the ground
He spends his whole life in a tree
He keeps hanging around
Likes to sleep upside-down
                                                      Should we give that a try, you and me?

When you read nonfiction to young children, it is vital that you have great visuals to pull in their eyes. If you are reading to a pre-K - 1st grade crowd, the cuter the pictures the better. You would be hard pressed to find more adorable pictures than you will see in Animal Naps. A lizard holds on to a leaf like a toddler holding a blanket. You think the ducklings on the cover are charming? Try viewing a photograph of a snoozing hedgehog. I can almost hear the oohs and aahs from kindergarteners right now. But wait, there's more! Catherine Ham writes playful rhymes chock full of science information. Check out the sloth poem above. This poem would make a fun shared reading piece, but do you see the facts embedded inside? Sloths live solely in trees. They sleep upside down. Fun and full of facts, my friend. That's a great combination.

Animal Naps would be a superb resource for teaching a lesson on contrasts or categorization. You could create a table for animals that sleep on land, water, or off the ground. Then you could go through the book and decide where each animal would go on the table. I would encourage further research to find out when the animal sleeps (diurnal vs. nocturnal) and for how long. You could also go through this book and find the animals that hibernate. There are several routes you can pursue with Animal Naps. Click on the link above to find more Early Light books. You won't be disappointed.

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