Play Like an Animal!
Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl, and Chase
Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals. Fascinating back matter gives more information about the featured animals in the book and encourages readers to make time to play every day!
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
|BISACS||JNF003000, JNF021000, JNF051150|
|Dimensions||10.625 x 8.875|
|Guided Reading Level||L|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides|
Author: Maria Gianferrari
Maria Gianferrari is a community scientist, self-taught naturalist and bird nerd who holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of narrative nonfiction picture books which celebrate urban ecosystems, the natural world and our wild neighbors including Coyote Moon, Hawk Rising, Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, Be a Tree! and most recently, Bobcat Prowling. Maria lives with her scientist husband and Maple the dog in a house encircled by trees.
Illustrator: Mia Powell
Mia Powell is an illustrator based in the United Kingdom.
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Play Like an Animal!
Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals.… View available downloads →
- Texas Topaz Reading List
- Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee
Play Like an Animal! Why critters splash, race, twirl, and chase by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Mia Powell. NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOK. Millbrook (Lerner), 2020. $20. 9781541557710
BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3)—ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
What a fun look at the animal kingdom and an introduction to the concept of play.
Any teacher in elementary could use this as an extension to the way humans interact with each other and why we do what we do. And you can twirl, slide, glide your way right out the door to recess!
Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS
“A fun way for children to realize that animals play just like them.”—School Library Journal
“An inviting choice for animal-lovers.”—Booklist