Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well, they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways animals cope with the cold in this rhythmic story.
Written by Carrie A. Pearson Illustrated by Christina Wald
Animals in the book: red fox, box turtle, black-capped chickadee, black bear, deer, honey bee, squirrel, monarch butterfly, mouse, frog
Vetters: Thanks to Leslie Science and Nature Center (Ann Arbor, MI) staff: Pattie Postel, David Clipner, and Michelle Mirowski for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.
"A cozy “tail” compares the adaptations animals and humans have for surviving winter’s chill.
Baby animals ask grown-ups how humans keep warm in the winter. A fox kit asks, “How do humans keep warm in the winter, Mama? / Do they wrap their tails tight / ’round their bodies just right / as heaters to chase out the chill?” Mama answers, “No fur tail for draping, / for covering and caping; / their blankets are cotton and wool.” Each baby in turn asks if humans adapt as they do. The wide variety of animals portrayed ensures that most winter adaptations are covered, though camouflage is lacking. The “For Creative Minds” section includes a spread of extensive further information and two pages of activities—matching animal to adaptation (the only place where the animals are identified by captioned thumbnails) and then sorting the animals into their four classes. More activities and learning materials are on the publisher’s website. Wald’s lifelike illustrations incorporate speech bubbles for the babies’ questions and include humorous imaginings of how humans would look with animals’ adaptations, e.g., a child with butterfly wings." -Kirkus Reviews
Young children often wonder how some animals can survive the winter cold. In this book, various young animals ask how humans can stay warm in the winter. For example, a fawn asks its mama if humans grow hollow hair so they can trap heat during the cold months. Young readers will learn how these animals adapt to cold temperatures. Double-page illustrations capture the essence of the accompanying text. Eleven different animals are featured in this picture book which can be read as a stand-alone or as an introduction to a variety of science topics. School librarians and teachers will enjoy the additional information presented in “For Creative Minds” and, especially, the additional activities offered online through the publisher’s website. The teaching activities are cross-curricular and there are interactive quizzes available. Sheila Acosta, Children’s Librarian, Cody Library, San Antonio, Texas [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format and paperback.] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (January 2013)
Library Media Connection
Carrie A. Pearson is a former early elementary teacher and the winner of a SCBWI-Michigan Picture Book Mentorship Award and a Work of Outstanding Promise grant. A Cool Summer Tail, and the companion, A Warm Winter Tail (2013-2014 Great Lakes Great Books Literature Program and a Gelett Burgess Award) follow many of the same animals to describe how they manage the hot summer and cold winter weather. Carrie and her family live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Visit her website at www.carriepearsonbooks.com.
In addition to Cash Kat, Christina Wald has illustrated Fibonacci Zoo, A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, and Henry the Impatient Heron for Arbordale. She also enjoys illustrating a wide variety of toys, games, books, and magazines. From a book that featured hundreds of animals on each page (Look, Find, and Learn: Animals of the World) to games including the Star Wars role playing game series, every assignment covers something new and exciting. In recent years, she has illustrated tons of different animals for books and other publications. Christina enjoys the research aspect of such projects, saying that each new book is a fascinating new learning experience. She often integrates travel to research for her illustrations. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three cats. Visit Christina's website.
2013 Gelett Burgess Award
Great Lakes Book Award 2013-2014 Literature Program