Perfect Picture Book Friday – Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready For Winter

Howdy, folks, and welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the first day of autumn 2019 is Monday September 23…which is in a couple days.  I am not in ANY way trying to hurry the onset of winter with today’s selection!  I love autumn.  And autumn is the time when animals prepare for winter.  So even though today’s book has a wintry-looking cover, think of it as a celebration of autumn rather than a harbinger of cold and snow! 🙂

Snack Snooze Skedaddle

Title: Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready For Winter

Written By: Laura Purdie Salas

Illustrated By: Claudine Gevry

Millbrook Press, September 3, 2019, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: 5-9 (I think younger kids will enjoy it too!)

Themes/Topics: nature, animals, preparing for winter

Opening: “Soak up the sun, breathe in the breeze,
Munch crunchy apples that fall from the trees.
Enjoy every morsel you feast on today:
the banquet of autumn will soon fade away.

So plump up or burrow or journey before
frosty winds rattle and batter your door.
Snowstorms and dark nights are next to arrive.
Here comes winter!

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text copyright Laura Purdie Salas 2019, illustration copyright Claudine Gevry 2019          Millbrook Press

Brief Synopsis: From the publisher: “There is more than one way for animals to prepare for winter. Some, such as mice, foxes, and moose, simply tolerate the cold. Of course black bears hibernate, but chipmunks, wood frogs, and garter snakes do too. And then there are the creatures that migrate, including hummingbirds, blue whales, and even earthworms! This rhyming nonfiction picture book by Laura Purdie Salas tells you all about how animals survive chilly weather.”

Links To Resources: the book itself is a resource, full of facts about toleration, hibernation, and migration.  There are several pages of back matter about survival strategies, survivors, and a glossary.  Hibernation activities; Hibernation Migration activities

Why I Like This Book: the rhyming text is engaging and fun to read aloud and provides a lyrical aspect to the nonfiction content. It is accompanied by simply stated facts that children will find accessible.  And the text is beautifully complemented by the colorful art which is both eye-catching and warm and appealing.  The whole book is a gem that you and your little animal enthusiasts will love!

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text copyright Laura Purdie Salas 2019, illustration copyright Claudine Gevry 2019          Millbrook Press

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready For Winter

  1. Nadine Poper says:

    How gorgeous!!! I love her A ROCK CAN BE, WATER CAN BE, A LEAF CAN BE…series. Must add this book to my collection. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sarah Tobias says:

    This looks like a great book about animals being prepared for winter. As a Master Naturalist, this would be great for programs for younger kids. For some reason, when I read the title the first time, I read it as How Animals Get Ready for Bed. It makes so much more sense as getting ready for Winter.

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    As much as I’d like late summer to hang around, I’m looking forward to reading this one. I love Laura’s work. I’m pleased to say that the San Francisco Public Library has 14 copies on order. Yay!

  4. ingridboydston says:

    I do think I have anything like this in my Kindergarten picture book collection- and that saying something! I look forward to adding this one, Rhyme is my favorite and pairing it with nonfiction is a great way to catch the interest of everyone in my class!

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