Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Time to Eat

Time to Eat
written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Source: Mebane Public Library

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Have you watched competitive eaters scarfing down hot dogs in the July 4th contest on Coney Island? The winner will eat about 50-60 hot dogs. Sounds impressive (or disgusting or both), but the true competitive eating champs reside in the wild animal kingdom. For example, a tick can drink about one hundred times its own weight in blood. This amounts to a human drinking 6,000 milkshakes as an equivalent meal. A crucifix toad stores insects on its sticky skin and then peels off the skin for a tasty treat. Baby blue whales drink enough milk to gain 200 pounds in 24 hours. Shrews have to eat every two or three hours to stay alive and end up eating three times their own body weight each day.  With Time to Eat, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page have collected a cornucopia of "wow" facts about animal eating habits and combined with their usual cool collage artwork will easily capture the imagination of young readers. Seventeen different animals are featured in this book and in the back matter there are extra facts included for each animal. Time For a Bath and Time to Sleep are two more books in this series for young readers.

For teaching purposes, there are several sets of pages where there is a connection between the two animals featured. A butcherbird impales its prey on a thorn while a black widow wraps up its prey in a tight cocoon. You could read the two pages and ask students why the two animals are paired together. This could be an introduction to author's purpose. There are also opportunities to teach main idea and supporting details with several of these passages.

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  1. Steve Jenkins is brilliant! I haven't read this one, but I'll track it down now.

  2. I've heard so much about Steve Jenkins but I haven't had the chance to read any of his works yet. Will look out for this one. :)

  3. Yes, Steve Jenkins is a big hit in elementary schools. Thank you for stopping by today!

  4. I was really surprised with this series (also, Sleep & Bath). Before opening them up I assumed they would be about 'cute' little baby animals and such with really simple text for the preschool set. I was way wrong! I love Steve Jenkins work and should have known he'd do so much more. I recommend all three books.
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  5. I'm glad you said that, Tammy! I had the same thought but wasn't smart enough to include it in my review. Thank you for stopping by.


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