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K-Gr 3–Cohn uses captivating, easy-to-understand language to explore animal migration. Each entry introduces a different animal's habitat and eating, hibernating, and breeding behaviors. Children will enjoy the passages on well-known creatures, such as snakes and salamanders, in addition to those on the lesser-known chimney swifts. The section on salamanders is reminiscent of Sarah Marwil Lamstein's Big Night for Salamanders (Boyds Mills, 2010). Detwiler's vibrant, full-page illustrations bring Cohn's text to life, placing kids in the center of each environment. Written in clear, lively prose, Nature Recycles is an ideal book to introduce recycling. By showcasing the various methods animals use to repurpose materials in their natural habitats, Lord provides examples of recycling that will inspire youngsters to creatively reuse their own objects. For example, readers learn that poison dart frogs reuse bromeliad plant leaves and nut pods from the rainforest as cradles for their young. Morrison's full-page illustrations are bright and appealing, with accurate depictions of the ingenious ways creatures use found materials. Back matter offers downloadable activities, questions, trivia, and lists of facts. Wonderful additions to public or school libraries.–Anne Barreca, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Award-winning author Scotti Cohn has had a love for poetry and fiction writing since childhood. Scotti has written On the Move, Big Cat, Little Kitty and One Wolf Howls for Sylvan Dell, as well as eight nonfiction books and numerous short stories and poems. Scotti's two grown children have done their own moving on. She and her husband live in upstate South Carolina with five little kitties.

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607186160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607186168
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been writing poetry and fiction almost since I learned the alphabet.

My first major opus was a joint project with my best friend in 4th grade. We wrote a sequel to 101 Dalmatians and sent it to Walt Disney Studios. They accepted it and we became famous child prodigies, and. . . oops. There I go, writing fiction again.

Anyhow, although I was bitter at the rejection by Disney, I continued to pursue my calling.

I have written eight nonfiction books for The Globe Pequot Press.

My first picture book -- One Wolf Howls -- was published by Sylvan Dell in 2009. Sylvan Dell published my second picture book -- Big Cat, Little Kitty -- in spring 2011. A third book in the "series" -- On the Move -- was published in 2012. A new picture book called "Animal Partners" is scheduled for publication in 2014.

In 2013 I published my first chapter book -- Wordsworth and the Dragon, illustrated by Christina Wald. Wordsworth is a humorous fantasy adventure for children in grades 3-5, available in print form as well as Kindle.

In order to actually earn a living, I have worked as a technical editor, legal secretary, public relations specialist, and copy editor (primarily for nursing textbooks).

I have two adult children and four grand-cats as well as my own four cats and wonderful husband (saved the best for last).

Eventually I hope to be famous and beloved by all. I think it's wise to have modest goals in life.

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Format: Hardcover
The herd of caribou sticks close together as they begin their migration. A calf bleats to his mother as she walks along. There are many different types of animals that migrate and "they do this to find food or to give birth in a warm, safe place." Migrations take place in every season, but each group of animals has their own reason for moving from one place to another. In the spring it's time for the spotted salamanders to head to wetland pools. It is there where "they find their mates." The females lay their eggs that cluster on the plants. The sandhill cranes also are on the move in springtime. Their "warbling, trumpeting, chirping" fills the air as they fly. It's time for them to move and to mate as they migrate.

Horseshoe crabs gather on the beaches to lay their eggs in the spring. Red knots are also on the move and take the opportunity to steal the horseshoe crabs' eggs when they can. Common green darner dragonflies watch the crabs and the red knots, but they will not migrate until the fall. At the end of summer when early fall approaches, "thousands of chimney swifts are on the move." They are heading south, but will "swirl down into the smokestack to spend the night." In this book you will meet many animal groups who migrate at different times of the year. You'll learn about the free-tailed bat, the monarch butterflies, polar bears, cottonmouth snakes, northern elephant seals, salmon, and gray whales.

This is a fascinating glimpse at the mass migrations of animals. The times and reasons for migrations vary, but the artwork in this book brings excitement to the topic with full-page, full-color depictions of the animals. The locales vary so children who live in different parts of the country may have seen some of these animals in motion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen A Howell on March 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
On The Move is a new picture book by Scotti Cohn. The book is available in both print and e-book formats. I’m reviewing the e-book format.

On the Move is beautifully illustrated by Susan Detwiler, who with her wonderful talent has brought to life the words of Scotti Cohn. This is a charming picture book which is also educational. It will not only be a delight to the age group it’s aimed at but also to the adults who read it to their children, or teachers to their class.

Cohn has, with the help of Detwiler’s drawings, taken us on a journey that lets us learn about the migratory patterns of various animals. But more than that, she writes in a captivating and easy way for young children to understand, about the various habitats, as well as the eating and breeding habits of a large assortment of animals. I liked that she included among the more well known, ones that perhaps are less spoken about, such as snakes and salamanders.

Each page gives enough detail for a younger child to grasp where that particular animal migrates to, why it does and what it will find when it arrives. One of my favourite pages in this story book was the one about horseshoe crabs. There is so much information, given in such an easy to follow way. Not only do we learn about the crabs, but also about the birds that come to eat their eggs and the dragonflies that pass through the same area at the same time. Detweiler’s illustration of this page is just lovely, capturing all those elements that Cohn writes about. Not only is this a feast of information for the little ones, it's also a feast for their eyes!

Finally, at the end of the book are some activity pages that both parents and teachers can do with their children. They contain a set of questions, printed information about a selection of animals and the answers. Again a really educational book that is fun to read.

I certainly think this is an excellent addition to any home or classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Review: The author did a great job in explaining how hundred or thousands of the same animals migrate from one location to another. Some travel in groups due to climate change, food, to give birth in a warm safe place. This movement or migration can take place during the winter, spring, summer and fall.

In the winter, some move to the cold mountain to keep mosquitoes away from them.

In the spring some sea animals travel with their calves to northern waters.

During summer, some animals find their mates and females lay their eggs in the warmth. At the end of summer crickets sing their evening song, bats wakes up and flex their wings.

During the autumn chilly air, monarch butterflies flutter their brilliant orange and gold wings.

The author describes the migratory patterns of each animal in this book which also includes four pages of learning activities for creative minds. Animal migration: what, when, where and why? As always wonderful illustrations by Susan Detwiler which helps tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Poduska on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cohn and Detwiler hit another one out of the park. Cohn chose such a variety of animals that there is no doubt the reader gets a broad view of migration - a much broader view than one gets from simply thinking about birds flying south for the winter. From caribou to bats to snakes, she touches on them all. Of course, there are also sandhill cranes and chimney swifts. The details Detwiler adds to her gorgeous illustrations make the reader believe she is part of the scene. Carefully, she depicts all parts of the story, including such items as salamander eggs. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but it may be a tossup between the gathering of monarch butterflies and the bald eagle finding a large salmon on the move. With the added value of four pages of creative fun, complete with links to teaching materials, this is a wonderful new source.
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