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Getting ready for summer (solstice), and two books about animals and their homes are my latest non-fiction. All will be interesting to read for learning about their various topics.
Summer Solstice – written by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
This book is filled with information from the origins of celebrating the summer solstice to today’s celebrations all over the world. For young students who are interested in how people make sense of their world as they observe it, this would be a fascinating read. It begins with Lithuanian villagers rolling a flaming tire down a hill, shows the beginnings and reasons for sun worship, and includes both discoveries made by ancient peoples and how they observed the actual solstice, to someone who just wishes to discover what’s happening today. Illustrations show the details that are described in the text.
Whose Nest?– written by Lynette Evans and illustrated by Guy Troughton
This is a ‘lift the flip’ book in beautiful watercolors that is kind of a riddle book. The first text asks the questions, then lifting the flap gives the answer, and more information about the creature whose nest it is. From frogs to rabbits to birds, it’s an adventure in animals who create nests, and they aren’t all birds!
This book will be a terrific companion to Whose Nest!
Even An Octopus Needs A Home - written and illustrated by Irene Kelly
What a great book, filled with the way animals find shelter, something every living creature needs. Included are parakeet treetop apartment buildings, termites that build towers as high as 30 feet, and octopi that squeeze into the tiniest places. How? Because they have no bones. I imagine students will love reading this, and be so interested in the animals and their adaptations. The vibrant watercolor illustrations add beautifully to the information.
I have several non-fiction books waiting, but won't get to them until next week. Happy Reading!