Saturday, October 27, 2018
Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? How Animals Keep Warm, written by Etta Kaner and illustrated by John Martz. Owlkids. 2018. $19.95 ages 4 and up
Whales have blubber under
their skin. This layer of fat
keeps their body heat in and
the cold out. Whale blubber
can be up to 12 inches (30 cm)
thick! It also stores energy, so
whales can keep going for a long
time without eating."
You know how much little ones like books about animals - especially if they have a question and answer component that makes those kids part of the reading experience. They are consistently pose questions about an infinite variety of things they want to know.
Etta Kaner has experience with the kinds of questions kids ask. In her new book, she wonders for them 'how animals keep warm.' Adaptation is a fascinating subject when we consider exactly how animals change to suit their environment and climate. The ones featured here are found throughout the world. Some will be familiar, others will not.
The information is appropriate for a young child, and will add to their knowledge base while also encouraging them to look further concerning those animals that are unfamiliar. Digital illustrations add humor and context.
"Do monkeys take hot
baths to keep warm?
Japanese Macaques love to take warm baths!
There are places in Japan where hot water
bubbles up naturally from the ground to form
pools. After playing in the snow, the macaques
will jump into these hot pools to warm up."
Aren't they clever?