Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Animals' Winter Sleep

The Animals' Winter Sleep

Lynda Graham-Barber
Illustrator:  Nancy Carol Willis 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Birdsong Books, 2008   ISBN: 978-0966276169

In the northern parts of North America, it snows every winter and animals have to change the way they do things so that they can survive. What do they do at night when it is especially cold? Where do they sleep where they can be protected from “the howling winds,” the freezing temperatures, and the deep snow?

Each of the animals mentioned in this book has his or her own way of finding a good place to spend the night. Deer find sheltered places in among the trees, while a snowshoe hare snuggles down inside a hollow log. In its “mud-and-stick lodge,” a beaver is safe and warm with its family members. High up in a tree a red squirrel sleeps in its snug little nest, its fluffy tail wrapped around its body.

Some animals don’t just sleep at night. Instead, they hibernate, sleeping the winter away. Though the black bear wakes up every so often, it never leaves its den during the winter months.

This delightful picture book explores how a variety of North American animals spend their winter nights. The text on the double page spreads is complimented by the additional information that can be found at the back of the book.