Winter might not be in full force yet, but many children have questions about what happens to animals when it gets cold out. Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth (Slither and Crawl) by Jim Arnosky describes how animals are able to live in the cold places, including the Arctic and Antarctic regions (nominated for the 2015 Cybils award in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category.)
The first thing you notice about Frozen Wild is the gorgeous paintings, all done with a cool color palette. To fully capture the effect, many of the pages fold out into panoramic scenes. Lovely!
Accompanying the illustrations is a fact-filled text, where young readers learn about insulation, feeding behavior and even the importance of “goose bumps.”
Jim Arnosky is an incredible naturalist, writer, and artist. He has written many nonfiction children’s books about animals and the natural world. As with many other of his books, he includes first person narration that helps bring young readers into his world. As he says on the last page, “I live in awe of wild things.”
Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth is a perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter day. Pick it up for units on animals, weather, and the seasons, as well.
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (September 1, 2015)
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