by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
40 pages – ages 4 – 8 years
Will be Published by Chronicle Books on September 24, 2013
Taken from the inside jacket -
“In one LIFETIME a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers,
a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes,
a giraffe will wear 200 spots,
a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.
Count each one and many more as you learn about the fascinating things that can happen in just one lifetime.”
How cool is it to put math and nature together into a picture book? Ms. Schaefer wrote a book that young kids will love because of the pictures and simple text (and also the counting part – I actually tried to count the 1,000 seahorse babies… Don’t try it…) and older kids will love it because of the facts about the animals and all the information about how Ms. Schaefer used math and averages to write the book. The back pages were all the math is explained is really well done. It shows kids how cool math can be in real life. I really like the illustrations. They are realistic and have a natural feel to them, with a touch on fantasy. I like Mr. Neal’s artwork. I just figured out he did the cover of “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson (awesome book) and I love that cover. I would love to see more nonfiction PB done as well as this one.