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Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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Pileated woodpeckers "rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat" their way through the woods as they drill an amazing "30 roosting holes in the woods." The trees are marked with all kinds of holes they call their home. Can you find the woodpecker sticking his head out taking a peek at the forest around him? The rattlesnakes rattle their way through the grasses, the kangaroo watches over her little joeys as they hop in front of her throughout her lifetime, and you can take a look at the bottlenose dolphin who has an amazing "100 teeth to grab food from the sea." There are so many interesting numbers you will be able to see in the lifetimes of animals around you!
This is a fascinating look at animal "numbers" children will love to explore. Set up in picture book format, this beginning nonfiction book will appeal to nonreaders to the confident ones. The artwork, rendered in mixed media, will appeal to young readers, who will be counting everything from the rattlesnakes beads to the alligator's eggs. In the back of the book there are discussions of the animals in the book which includes information about their scientific name, habitat, average life span, etc.Read more ›
This is a fun book that will teach both children and parents.
Each two-page spread focuses on one animal and one number. For example – “In one lifetime, this spider will spin 1 papery egg sac” and “In one lifetime, this female red kangaroo will birth 50 joeys.” The one egg sac and the 50 joeys are part of their respective two-page illustrations – students can revel in the difference between 1 and 50, flipping back and forth between pages. (She counts 1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 200 and then jumps forward inconsistently with larger numbers from there.) Important move – the numbers are written as numerals and stand out in bold print. What I didn’t like was that on some of the spreads, there was a little almost “attached” sentence – like on the spider page, “Fragile! Don’t touch!” and on the kangaroo page, “So many hoppy birthdays!” And there’s not an extra sentence on some of the pages. I couldn’t make heads or tails of how Schaefer decided what to write for those extra sentences. It’s almost a distraction – wandering away from the focus of the book. I’d be tempted to skip those sentences when reading aloud – unless you can figure out what she’s after and make sense of it for the students.Read more ›
Written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, Lifetime asks questions such as: How many eggs will a spider lay in its lifetime? How many antlers will a caribou shed? How many roosting holes will a woodpecker drill? The answers (1, 10 and 30 respectively) are fun to think about and talk about as they relate to the animal, its habits and its lifespan. The warm, muted colors of the illustrations are comfortable and soothing. Also, because the illustrations show the number cited (even 1,000 baby seahorses one male will carry!), it's easier for children to get the concept and they can count up on their own.
Other animal numbers include teeth on a bottlenose dolphin, spots on a giraffe, eggs layed by an alligator, flowers visited by a monarch butterfly and more. The back of the book features more information about each creature highlighted in the book, as well as an explanation for how the numbers were determined. For instance, to determine the number of fleeces in an alpaca's lifetime the author calculated 20 years for an average lifetime times one fleece per year to get 20 fleeces in a lifetime. There's also an explanation for how to get an average of something, and two puzzles left unsolved that parents can work on with their kids.
Young children are often attracted to facts about animals and nature, and Lifetime is a great way to work in a little math while they read. It's sure to be a hit with kids and parents.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Lifetime is an interesting picture book that is loaded with facts about animals and all the extraordinary things that they can do in their lifetime. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shelli
Love this book! It is a quick read for students and has great facts.Published 19 months ago by Teacher
It's a wonderful idea! I only wish Lola had taken the time to find other nature/number relationships to share. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by CMK