Walrus Song

Candlewick. Nov. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536207552.
PreS-Gr 2–Walruses have never looked more adorable. Lawler’s spare text and Ering’s vibrant illustrations, rendered in charcoal and acrylic paint on paper, effortlessly introduce the lovable mammal. This picture book accessibly presents information on habitat, physical features, and diet; unfamiliar vocabulary is seamlessly worked in. The lyrical and rhythmic narrative will engage readers, and the spreads on walrus songs will invite kids to imitate with gusto. This would be a prime candidate for preschool story time; the full package is begging to be read aloud. Accompanied by walrus recordings, this would be such an enriching experience in any read-aloud setting. Back matter consists of detailed explanations of walrus behavior.
VERDICT Purchase for story time and STEM shelves.

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