Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate

Melissa Stewart, illus. by Sarah S. Brannen. Charlesbridge, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58089-716-7
This engaging nonfiction picture book instructs young readers on the opposite of wintry hibernation: summery estivation, a more recently discovered seasonal sleep cycle engaged in by certain animal and insect species, including convergent ladybugs, the African lungfish, and the pixie frog. Stewart’s prose balances a conversational tone with easily absorbed facts about estivating beings across several continents (“At the first hint of summer, a yellowbellied marmot heads underground for some serious shut-eye”), with some pages including additional information in a smaller font. Inset diagrams with species details plus near-photorealistic illustrations by Brannen make the subject matter more accessible for visual learners. Budding biologists will especially appreciate this intriguing primer on a lesser-known process. Back matter includes more about the animals depicted, suggested further reading, author’s and illustrator’s notes, and selected resources. Ages 6–9. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2021
Release date: 04/27/2021
Genre: Children's
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