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A Cool Summer Tail
Contributor(s): Pearson, Carrie A., Wald, Christina (Illustrator)
ISBN: 162855214X     ISBN-13: 9781628552140
Publisher: Arbordale Pub
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2014
Annotation: Explores ways animals keep cool during the hot summer as baby animals ask their mothers how humans stay cool.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animals; Summering; Juvenile literature.
Heat adaptation; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Seasons
Dewey: 571.7/6
LCCN: 2013036387
Lexile Measure: 700
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Arbordale Collection
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.42 lbs)
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63080
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
"How do humans stay cool in the summer, Mama?" A fox mother responds with, "No Panting! No Puffing!...They sweat through their skin." Other animal conversations follow similarly, revealing facts about how mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians cool themselves. The awkward singsongy text is mismatched with realistic but mediocre illustrations. Appended learning activities aim for inclusion in a science unit.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 May)

K-Gr 4—These three books each take a different look at the animal world. Animal Helpers looks at the many individuals that are needed to keep an aquarium running: aquarists, biologists, curators, and veterinarians. Clear, crisp photographs show the peace of the underwater world. Busy Year gives a description of beaver activities through the seasons. It has more text than the first book and includes multiple facts, making it ideal for reports for the upper end of the grade range. It has a lot of full-color photographic close-ups of beaver life, perfect for browsing. In a rhyming text, Summer Tail takes a more lighthearted look at what animals do to keep cool in the summer. Each animal baby asks its mother if humans do whatever that animal does to stay cool. For instance, squirrels lick themselves to make heat disappear from their skin. Large paintings depict the animals enacting their summer routines, while a smaller pen-and-ink sketch shows a human trying to do the same. The best thing about these books are the "For Creative Minds" sections in the back. They have a range of activities that include additional facts, matching games, and links to even more activities on the Internet.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ

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