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Salamander Sky (Hardback)
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Salamander Sky (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages / Published: 09/03/2018
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Every spring in the eastern region of the United States, warmer nights with steady rain bring the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. These crossings are magical, and secretiveamost people don't even know they happen. Salamander Sky features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. This dramatic, full-color, picture book introduces readers to the elusive spotted salamanders and the perilous nighttime journeythey take each spring. Amphibians worldwide desperately need protection. This book is a valuable tool for getting children engaged in conservation. For Educators/Parents/Guardians/Librarians/Booksellers Salamander Sky: targets many of the Next Generation Science Standards for elementary school students, including life cycles, wetland habitats, diversity, adaptations and human impact communicates a strong conservation message geared toward preschool through elementary school aged students models firsthand exploration and investigation in nature addresses human impact on the environment and encourages active participation in solutions provides a resource for science teachers, environmental educators and parents to introduce inquiry to students inspires engagement and curiosity focuses on a vulnerable and often unnoticed species of amphibians that inhabits much of the Eastern United States embraces diversity and promotes women in science

Publisher: Green Writers Press
ISBN: 9780999076644
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 205 x 74 x 264 mm


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The secret life of the spotted salamander unfolds as April anticipates her special role in their yearly migration from underground habitats beneath the forest floor to nearby ponds and wetlands. Hushed and reverent with flashlights and raincoats, mother and daughter venture out at night to carefully help the slowly creeping travelers safely across the roadway. Share in their joy, found through the care and conservation of the shrinking salamander populations of eastern North America. -- Foreword Reviews
The spring salamander migration, the beginning of breeding season, seen through the eyes of a young enthusiast. Having waited for just the right conditions, a young girl and her mother go out into a rainy evening to search for salamanders attempting to cross busy roads. The story of amphibian migration, when frogs and salamanders leave their winter burrows and return to the wetlands and ponds where they were born to lay eggs for another generation, has been told several times in sweet stories of ecologically conscious children and their parents. In a relatively simple text set out in short lines, the protagonist relates facts about salamanders she has learned from her mother, "the scientist"; her anticipation; and her satisfying experience. The text has the look but not the sound of poetry, with some awkward word choices. But it's a quiet, patient story, beautifully reflected in Sodano's paintings, which are done with colored inks, crayon, water-soluble pencils, and digital techniques. These show a black-haired, olive-skinned child and her diverse classmates, salamanders at varying life stages, and the early-spring woodland world near her home. There's a map showing that spotted salamanders (the species depicted) range broadly down the East Coast and into the Midwest. These excellent illustrations help bring the girl's expedition to life and add information, too. A lovely vehicle for sharing nature with children.(Informational picture book. 4-8) -- Kirkus Reviews

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