Summertime Sleepers: Animals that Estivate

Charlesbridge. Apr. 2021. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580897167.
K-Gr 3–This picture book provides an appealing survey of a dozen animals that estivate. Brannen’s simple, adept illustration on the cover introduces a pleasing pictorial scheme. The brief text highlights different places where animals sleep, including tree crevices, muddy hollows, and empty rodent holes. Ladybugs, fish, butterflies, lizards, and the yellow-bellied marmot are featured. Each spread depicts two views of the resting animal. Gentle watercolor scenes include a small black-and-white page that resembles a guidebook entry, which offers a sketch of the animal, its name, and brief facts. Readers learn that scientists have recently given more attention to the study of estivation. End material offers more details about each animal. Author and illustrator notes, a bibliography, and a substantial list of print and online resources are included.
VERDICT A well-crafted and attractive text for animal fans, and a suitable introduction to the scientific concept of estivation.

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