River Beds: Sleeping in the World’s Rivers
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This sequel to the award-winning Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (2007 Teacher’s Choice & 2005 Mom’s Choice) takes readers on an around-the-world boat ride to learn how mammals sleep in or around nine major rivers of the world on all continents except Antarctica. Row down the Mississippi and watch two river otters slip into a hollow tree or look to the bank of the Brisbane River as a platypus pops into a hole and disappears into a narrow tunnel. Told in a soothing style, this book serves as a bedtime/naptime story for younger children or an animal geography book for older children. Adults may learn something, too! The “For Creative Minds” education section features a “World Map.”

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 5-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 23-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. River Beds is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Gail Langer Karwoski, Illustrated by Connie McLennan
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: NC 1020, AR: 5.2, F&P: O
   
Hardcover 9780977742349 $16.95  
Paperback 9781934359310 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553840 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182788 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551099 $6.95  
Keywords:   sleep adaptations, life science, river habitats, geography, map, coordinate grid (math)
Animals in the book:   Asian Short-Clawed Otter, beaver, Boto dolphin, capybara, hippopotamus, Indus river dolphin, mink, platypus, river otter, water vole
Vetters:   Thanks to all the many scientists and educators from zoos, aquariums, conservation, and research organizations for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book: River Otters: Kelly Reno, River Otter Animal Behaviorist at the SC Aquarium, and Rico Walder, Assistant Curator of Forests, Tennessee Aquarium; Beavers: Kathryn Dudeck, Wildlife Director at Chattahoochee Nature Center; Boto (Amazon) Dolphins: Tamara Mcguire, PhD, Amazon Researcher with Virtual Explorers; Indus River Dolphin & Boto Dolphin: Frazer McGilvray, Senior Manager at Conservation International; Capybaras: Rachael Macy, Zoological Manager/Carnivores at the St. Louis Zoo; Water Voles: Rob Strachan, of The Mammal Society (UK); Mink: George Shurvington, Wildlife Biologist, and Karen Armstrong, Conservation Education Consultant at the Missouri Department of Conservation; Asian Short-Clawed Otter: Lisa Smith, Curator of Large Mammals at Zoo Atlanta; Hippos: Loran Wlodarski, Science Writer, SeaWorld Orlando; Platypus: Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy

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Reviews:

Softly colored illustrations capture the feel of evening, matching the gentle yet informative tone of the text. Teachers and parents will like the back matter, which includes activities linked to a rivers map and a game that asks readers to link pictures of animals with their descriptions. - Booklist

Readers not only learn where the animals sleep, but also how they drift off to sleep. Before drifting off to sleep, readers can also travel to each of the continents and dream peacefully of fellow mammals snuggling in their beds. - Foreword Magazine

Readers will burrow under their covers with River Beds as they curl up on soft pillows to enjoy this creative and educational storybook. - Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Gail Langer Karwoski is an award-winning children’s book writer. In addition to Julie the Rockhound , Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (Mom’s Choice Best Children’s Picture Book Author for 2005), and River Beds: Sleeping in the Worlds Rivers published by Arbordale, Gail has written six other books for young readers including: Tsumani: The True Story of an April Fool’s Day Disaster and Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906. Before becoming a full time author, Gail taught in Georgia public schools and she frequently returns to schools as a visiting author. Gail married a rockhound. On their honeymoon, they hiked through lush western forests and stark “forests” of petrified wood. They dove into foamy aquamarine waves in the Pacific Ocean and dug into crumbly turquoise deposits in the Southwestern desert. Since then, they’ve gone “treasure hunting” for geodes, fossils, and crystals. At the schools where she taught, her classroom was famous because of the “rock box.” Now, as owners of a quartz deposit in South Carolina where visitors can try their luck at digging for crystals, Gail and her husband have watched hundreds of people - both young and old - delight in finding sparkly quartz crystals. She wrote Julie the Rockhound to share this delight in our earth’s treasures with children and their parents. Gail lives near the University of Georgia with her husband, two daughters, and three bossy cats. Visit Gail's Website.

Award-winning illustrator Connie McLennan has been a freelance artist for over 25 years, since attending Academy of Art College in San Francisco. In addition to illustrating Ready, Set, Wait!, she has also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls, The Rainforest Grew All Around, River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers, Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Arbordale Publishing. Her studio is at her home in California, where she lives with her husband, teenage son, and one big, black cat. Visit Connie's website.

 


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