Beneath the Sun

Beneath the Sun
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April 01, 2014
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When the sun is shining brightly, people put on sunscreen or scurry inside to cool off. But how do wild animals react to the sizzling heat? Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears, to a wetland where a siren salamander burrows into the mud to stay cool, and to a seashore where a sea star hides in the shade of a seaweed mat. In simple yet informative language, Beneath the Sun shows young readers how the animals who live there survive the hottest time of the year.

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Although I think this book suffers from the lack of a good cover, what is inside is definitely worth reading and exploring with your children--especially in the summertime, when everything is hot and stifling!

It was so interesting to learn about the ways different animals--several I had not even heard of--cool off in the heat. The paintings are extremely well-done and beautiful, and the descriptions are simple and concise. I enjoyed how animals in different ecosystems were included, and introduced by their habitat. The book connects us to the animal world by beginning and ending with how humans cool off, and I think is a great segue into learning about other creatures methods of doing the same.
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