Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream? How Animals Beat the Heat". - a bookwrap


Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream?: How Animals Beat the Heat

Authored by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Jenna Piechota

* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level:  1-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Owlkds
* Pub. Date:  October 15, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book

This delightful non-fiction book will have kids giggling as they discover how animals keep their cool in the heat.  The author proposes some silly scenarios and questions then factually gives the answers to them. 

"Do frogs use sunscreen to protect their skin? 
Do koalas run through sprinklers? 
Do desert ants sit in front of air conditioners? 
Do elephants use fans?"  are some of the questions asked.    

The responses are quite astonishing and a great way of learning exactly what these animals do to stay cool.  The playful and cartoonish illustrations will bring laughter, spark discussions and peek curiosity regarding each animal highlighted.  I learned a lot! Who knew that:

 "Waxy monkey tree frogs make their own sunscreen. It comes from glands in their skin. They use their legs to rub a waxy cream all over their body, The "frog sunblock" stops the frog's skin from drying out.  This is one frog that doesn't mind the sun!" 

"African lungfish live in water that often dries up and turns to mud. When this happens, it's time for a nap.  The lungfish digs a burrow under the mud and covers itself with a blanket of bubbles.  When does it wake up?  When it rains.  But that would take as long a two years to happen!"

This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school library.  It is the sequel to "Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?" another book that kid's will love.  I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

Etta Kaner writes for both children and educators. While the majority of her children's books are nonfiction, some of her more recent books are a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Many of them have been translated into other languages. A number of her books have won awards, namely the Silver Birch Award, the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, the Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award.
While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books were inspired by the elementary school students whom she taught.
Etta loves to interview experts in fields with which she is unfamiliar, either in person or by phone. She finds that most people are very cooperative and love to talk about their area of interest and expertise. During these interviews, she often accumulates more information than she needs for her book. When making a decision as to what to include in the book, she uses the "wow" test. She tries to choose information that will make her readers say "wow" when they read it.
Writing books also allows Etta to create the many groaners that she likes to make up but which are not always appreciated by her family!
When she's not writing or teaching, Etta loves to spend time with her family (her husband and two grown daughters), garden, read humorous or historical fiction books, dance, explore new places, go to live theater and cook for company (but not all at the same time!). She does all of these activities in Toronto, Canada.

About the Illustrator

Hello! This is Jenna. She would like you to know that she is not actually an alligator, she just thinks they are cool. She is really an illustrator based out of Toronto.

She mainly focuses on children’s illustration, pattern design and short animations, and currently works as a freelance graphic designer at Joe Fresh. She generally works digitally but also enjoys more hands on approaches such as screen printing and cross stitching. She loves creating playful and imaginative pieces that include humour and make people smile.

Jenna moved from the wilds of Thunder Bay to the big city of Toronto about six years ago and now lives in the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. She loves drawing for a living but took some detours on the way to a career in illustration. During her first post-secondary experience she got a degree in Applied Biomolecular Science and worked as a Microbiologist in a water testing lab, but discovered that looking at E. Coli everyday wasn’t really for her. Instead she decided to change gears so she could spend her days drawing anthropomorphic animals doing silly things.

When she isn’t drawing you can find often find her exploring the streets of Toronto on the back of her trusty steed, her yellow bicycle she’s dubbed “The Canary”. 

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