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A DAY AND NIGHT IN THE FOREST
Cheerup, cheerup! call the robins. Morning is here!
Are you ready to scamper through the day alongside rabbits and squirrels? Prowl through the night alongside bears and raccoons? Come spend a day and night in a North American deciduous forest. The clock is ticking … Time to look, listen, and learn!
Every day and every night animals are busy in the forest. They find food, water and safe places to rest. They have everything they need.
A DAY AND NIGHT IN THE FOREST follows a 24 hour cycle of activity, highlighting the role of each animal in its habitat and how the habitat supports a variety of life. The illustrations progress from daylight to darkness to daylight again, visually supporting the progression of activity through the day and night. This book can be read aloud to younger children or an older child can read it alone.
Sidebars on each page spread expand information in the text. Back matter includes a map of deciduous forests of the world, fun facts, a glossary and index, and a guide to websites appropriate for the age group.
Common Core Connections
Make an animal classification chart. Divide a sheet of paper into five columns and label sections for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. List animals in this book in each of the categories.
Animal dioramas, mobiles or collages. Choose a theme such as night or day and create a scene inside a shoebox drawing pictures of animals from this book. Or, glue pictures of animals to heavy paper, cut them out, and hang them from a wooden dowel to make a mobile. Or, glue pictures of animals onto a large piece of paper to make a collage.
Make paper plate masks of animals that live in a deciduous forest.
Draw with chalk on black paper to create pictures of forest animals at night.Bears roam the forest at night. Here is a coloring page of bears you can download.
Click here for a printable picture.
Other Books by Caroline Arnold in the Caroline Arnold's Habitats series
School Library Connection (formerly Library Media Connection), January 16, 2016
Colorful large cut paper illustrations of animals in their environments fill the pages of this series. The series, geared to early grade readers, describes in a story-like narrative the habitat and its inhabitants. Each spread is about a different hour of the day, a 24-hour cycle. Each time period presents what the animals, diurnal or nocturnal, are doing: waking up, singing, hunting, napping, burrowing, gathering food, interacting, or escaping a predator. There is very brief text on some pages with additional information about the animals; their weight, size, eating habits, and more. A world map showing the location of these different biomes is displayed, and so are fun facts and critical thinking using the Common Core. Glossary. Websites. Index. Recommended Reviewer: Madeleine Zember, Librarian and Special Education Teacher, Midway Jewish Center, Syosset, New York
A calm red-breasted robin offers a call that sounds like "cheer-up" and a woodchuck emits a "whee-oh" when it issues a warning call to its babies. Peeper frogs croak "peep, peep, peep" during the night. These are but a few sounds heard in a deciduous North American forest, populated with a variety of animals and creatures. The deciduous forest is one that contains trees that lose their leaves in the fall and grow new ones in the spring. In this book the reader follows a 24 hour cycle of forest creature's activity beginning at 6:00 a.m. and going until 6:00 the next day. It contains birds, deer, squirrels, woodchucks, ducks, turtles, and heron. It also holds information regarding snakes, rabbits, opossums, bears, owls, and raccoons. In addition, bats, moths, frogs, beavers, a porcupine, a fox, and mice are featured. Diurnal and nocturnal are glossary words that tell about day and night animals. Many catchy verbs such as nibbles, munches, scampers, snatches, paddles, peers, swoops, and grabs add to the interest of the text. Fact bars present more information than the regular text. A satisfying route has robins at the beginning of the 24 hour cycle and then again at the end. A page about where a forest is holds informative and entertaining text and it is followed by a world map showing where deciduous forests can be found. Fun facts, common core critical thinking ideas, book and web resources, and a full glossary round out the book. Writing is tight and well-researched. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 5 to 8.