Summertime Sleepers: Animals That (Hibernate) ESTIVATE by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Hibernate ESTIVATE by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, Charlesbridge, 2021. 9781580897167

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Did you know that some animals hibernate during the summer – only then it is called Estivate? As winter sleeping animals like chipmunks become active in the spring other animals “settle into cool, snug spots and sink into a summertime sleep called estivation.” Hundreds of Convergent lady beetles cluster in groups where they sleep away the summer in hidden homes of leaves.  Mourning cloak butterflies emerge from a chrysalis “guzzling tree sap for a few days” before falling asleep until it is autumn. Others that estivate are Land Snails, Christmas Island red crabs, African lungfish, Mangrove killifish, California tiger salamanders, Spotted turtles and still more.

Beautiful illustrations in watercolor on Arches bright white cold press paper put each animal in its natural habitat but the bonus is that each animal is also sketched in a line drawing that includes its size, location, scientific name and activity. Additional information about each animal is included at the end, an explanation of the difference between Estivation and Hibernation, additional material for further exploring, Author and Illustrator’s Note, and Selected Sources. This is an extraordinary book providing the reader with information that is little explored.

Anything you did not like about the book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone interested in animals will appreciate this eye-opening exploration into the animals that estivate in the summer months.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 571.78

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

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