Cover image for Animals in winter
Animals in winter
Revised edition / illustrated by Helen K. Davie.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1997]









Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm.
Target Audience:
Let's-read-and-find-out science. Stage 1
Describes the many different ways animals cope with winter, including migration, hibernation, and food storage.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 18851.
Lexile Measure:


Material Type
Shelf Number
Book 591 BANCROFT 1
Book J 591.543 BAN 1
Book LET 1
Non-holdable Item 591.543 BAN 1

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While watching winter's snows blanket the Earth, what child hasn't wondered, 'What will the rabbits do? Or the birds?' This wonderfully simple Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book explains the many ways animals have of coping with harsh weather. Helen K. Davie's elegant illustrations perfectly evoke the season.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1‘Originally published in 1963, this revised and updated series title adds even more allure to its nature lesson with a new full-color format and the inclusion of suggestions for easy ways to feed animals in winter. Davie's brightly colored paintings bring the revised text to life through the realistic portrayal of animals, birds, and butterflies in their natural habitats. In addition, the diagrams of the woodchuck's underground tunnels and illustrations showing a pika and bats asleep in their winter burrow and cave provide concrete examples of the term "hibernation." The rural neighborhood setting featuring houses, gardens, and two children on the first and last pages adds a note of familiarity. This brief, simple introduction to animal survival in winter contains just enough facts to satisfy youngsters' curiosity, and the attractive format makes learning fun.‘Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Simple descriptions of migration, hibernation, food storage, and food scavenging show young readers how animals survive (or avoid) cold and snowy winters. Also included are suggestions for how children can help animals who rely on plants during the winter by putting seeds and fruit outdoors, and watching to be sure that food is always available. Color illustrations accompany the clear text. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Winter is coming, and the animals are preparing: Some birds, bats, and butterflies migrate; other animals hibernate. The squirrel and pika gather food and store it; mice, deer, rabbits, and the handsome red fox on the dust jacket forage and hunt all winter long. The concluding pages show ways to help animals during the season: leaving seeds, suet, and fruit for the birds; dried corn for the squirrels; and shrubs with berries for foragers. A surprising amount of information appears in the short sentences and brief text of this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out title. Most of the animals, appearing without their scientific names, are familiar, with the exception of the pika. The illustrations are unusually attractive, swept clean of extraneous detail, and using a limited palette to heighten the drama: One effective spread shows brown deer and white snow against a stormy green-black sky. An informative volume. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. This revised edition of an easy-reading title in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series begins with an Asian American girl and boy in a country neighborhood in the fall. Then the simple text and full-color illustrations show how various animals in that place prepare for winter. Some birds and insects migrate. Bats and woodchucks hibernate. Squirrels gather food and store it. Some don't prepare for winter at all; they must hunt for food all day long. There are some easy practical suggestions for helping animals in winter. A final picture shows the children looking forward to spring. The words are immediate ("His heart beats slowly. He sleeps, sleeps, sleeps. He hibernates"), and the clear, active illustrations will draw new readers to a popular subject. (Reviewed December 1, 1996)0060271574Hazel Rochman