cover image Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers: How Animals Adapt in Winter

Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers: How Animals Adapt in Winter

Jessica Kulekjian, illus. by Salini Perera. Kids Can, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5253-0485-9

Rhythmic lines and fact-filled supporting content combine for an informative tribute to different species’ wintertime adaptations. Across busy illustrations that shift from autumnal to arctic, an adult caregiver and child, both portrayed as Black, lightly guide the search for animal hiders, seekers, finders, and keepers. Eastern box turtles, wood frogs, bumblebees, and other hibernators feature first (“They’re under cover,/ burrowed deep”). Profiled next are “seekers” such as Canada geese, elk, and monarch butterflies (“Wings scribble across the skyline”). And finally, white-tailed deer, mice, and some squirrels become examples of how “finders keep” (“They keep warm bundled in coats,/ keep full with buried treasures”). Perera’s digital graphics rely on a range of paint-like techniques to depict all the creatures covered by Kulekjian’s supporting factoids, resulting in an educational study that aptly communicates a sense of wonder about nature. Back matter includes animal track guide, author’s note, and resources. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)