|Squirrel's busy year : a first science storybook (First science storybook)|
Author: Jenkins, Martin
Follows squirrels through the seasons and the changing weather they bring.
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/18)
School Library Journal (07/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/09/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2018 A pair of gray squirrels scampers through the seasons in this upbeat entry in Jenkins and Jones’ First Science Storybook series, which began with Bird Builds a Nest (2018). Carefully designed with the youngest readers in mind, attractive mixed-media illustrations and simple, engaging text are infused with basic science concepts to introduce ideas related to seasons, weather, and, of course, squirrels. The book opens with a snowy landscape, where a watchful owl perches in a big tree by a frozen pond and the squirrels are curled cozily in their nest. Jones uses muted blues and whites to reflect the frigid temperatures, but when spring arrives, the pond bursts with color, life, and activity, including one squirrel’s acrobatics to reach a budding tree branch. One by one, the seasons transform the pond, prompting its animal residents to adjust their behaviors. Jones’ lovely illustrations capture the serenity and drama of nature, and Jenkins’ storybook approach makes the information easy to digest. A note to instructors offers a scientific explanation of seasonal change to share with inquiring youngsters. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—Veteran science writer Jenkins introduces the seasons as experienced by a pair of gray squirrels in this follow-up to Bird Builds a Nest. Opening in winter, the simple text sets the scene: "It's cold! The sun is low in the sky, the pond is frozen, and there's snow on the ground." A diurnal owl accompanies readers, observing the squirrels' activities as they relate to the seasons: finding stored food in the winter, eating juicy buds and bulbs in the spring, experiencing a thunderstorm in the summer, and collecting and burying acorns in the fall. The book opens with an author's note that briefly explains the reason for seasons, clouds and precipitation, and thunderstorms. It concludes with "Thinking About Seasons and Weather," a series of follow-up questions intended to prompt discussion and extend the concepts introduced. There's a perfunctory index, too. Jones's stylized mixed-media illustrations are rendered in muted tones and sometimes take small liberties; for instance, gray squirrels are primarily solitary creatures though here they behave as a pair, and the spring maple tree features both "fat juicy buds" and full-grown leaves in a variety of colors including green, orange, and blue. VERDICT An additional purchase for collections with a shortage of STEM books about the seasons for their youngest patrons.—Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.