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Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers

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I love that this book differentiates between the different ways animals "pause" life over winter. Hibernation, brumation, diapause, and torpor, as well as the different biological reactions which allow each. While hibernation is often used as a catch-all, there are certainly pedants out there that would also approve of this book's accuracy.

We follow a parent and child through the woods, catching sight of different animals as they settle in for the winter. Squirelles, bears, various reptiles, and even insects. Animals that tough it through the winter, like deer, owls, and foxes. And animals that skeedaddle, like geese, monarch butterflies, and hummingbirds. For a standard 32 page children's book, this covers a LOT of ground! And, in spite of it being about a time when many animals are waiting and still, it's very lively! We get the feeling that this is the forest on the last day before everyone settles in for winter.

The book ends with an illustration of animal tracks that I just wish I could use in my area. It's got me wanting to get out of the suburbs!

Really delightful, a great educational book that's accessible to little ones, with the help of an adult.
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I thought this book was super sweet and interesting on how animals prepare for fall. I loved the scientific tidbits throughout the pages. It would be a great reas for older kids as the days get colder. I loved the snow print guide in the back as well. I do think it would be too long and co.plex for younger kids though. But my two year old would probably like to go through it and point out the animals.
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Thank you to the author, Kids Can Press and NetGally, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a wonderful children's book to look at what happens with nature and animals in winter. Complex concepts are explained well, and the illustrations are fantastic. My only quibble is with the sometimes jarring jump between the rather lyrical text on each page, and the interesting facts on each page. I also liked the page with animal tracks, and the closing with a brief resource list. Overall, well done and lovely to read with children - particularly as each time you read, you discover new tidbits and details.
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“Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers” was such a wonderfully charming read. Poetically detailing the harmonious transition from Autumn to Winter through the lives of creatures like the wood frog, chipmunks, bumblebees, red squirrels and more. 

The website, book, and film links and track guide in the back of the book were excellent aids to bring the information out of the book. As a homeschool mom, these would be very useful for a Hibernation/Winter themed unit study!

I loved the detail in each of the animals and short informational facts that led to a number of “rabbit holes” to go down.

I’ll surely be adding a physical copy to our home library for the Winter season!

Thank you so much Kids Can Press for allowing me access to an Advance Read Copy!
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Thanks to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for a free digital copy.

An education and beautiful book about how animals adapt to survive in the winter. The illustrations are lovely and the facts are presented in an engaging way.
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What a wonderful book about hibernation and migration! I love the pictures with facts and the flow of the seasons. I learned about animals that I never thought about before. This is absolute perfection and I can’t wait to read it with the kids at daycare. I am definitely buying a copy and would recommend you do the same.

I received an arc via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
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This was cute. Perfect for when fall is turning to winter. Unfortunately, living in California we don’t get to see weather like this but it was great for my kids to read about it. It made them look forward to experiencing this kind of weather. There was an abundance of information which we found interesting, the illustrations were cute and quaint, and overall I thought this was a great book. We enjoyed this book and found it would be a perfect start to the fall season. 

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
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Did you know that the Great Horned Owl takes over abandoned nests in Winter? Or, that Canadian Geese take turns leading the flock? Neither did I, until I read Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers (How Animals Adapt in Winter by Jessica Kulekjian and illustrated by Salini Perera.
This book is a couple of stories in one, which makes it suitable for age of 4-6 years, in my opinion. The basic story is a good length for 3 year olds, and a younger toddler would enjoy exploring the illustrations. There is enough information presented that an older child would be able to use this as reference material. A lot of room for a variety of age groups, and that gets a ⭐️ from Ms Amy!
Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers has a really enjoyable pace and is easy to read. I like the use of words, the book is easy to understand and doesn’t shy away from using more complex words, ex. skyline, valley, burrow, stillness. Words that children are capable of understanding, but may not hear everyday. There is a lot of action in this story and the Author uses some really fun verbs to convey the animals movements. “Wings scribble across the skyline,” and “Hooves thunder over hills.” Occasionally, I find a story that I’ll read my class without pictures initially, as an imagination exercise. I will ask them to draw it, then we’ll read it again and see how our imaginations compare to the illustrators. Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers is a great story for this activity as the language is so beautifully descriptive, it plays so easily on the imagination. The second story within explains how animals adapt over Winter, and introduces a variety of Sciencyific terms that go beyond Hibernation. We tend to use this term as the explanation of how animals Winter, but in reality it is only one of a number of different adaptations. Complete with an explanation, readers of this book will be introduced to hibernation, brumation, diapause, torpor and more. A treasure trove of words and concepts that will educate children, and most likely, their Teachers. ⭐️

Diapause?
The theme of the story is laid out in the title, and asks the question “How do animals adapt?” It then proceeds to offer explanations. Written by a Canadian author, all the animals shown are common in our forests. Beyond the obvious, I think that the underlying theme of most nature books is to educate and familiarize children with nature, and to begin to foster a respect for other living things. ⭐️
Hiders Keepers Finders Seekers would be a great way to introduce concepts prior to an adventure exploring nature. This book contains so many different learning opportunities. There are examples throughout of what to look for when trying to track different animals in Winter, so the extended learning options can be taken quite far. The duo in the story find a variety of tracks, discovering along with the reader those animals still active in the Winter months. Children are born explorers, they would love the opportunity to take their newfound knowledge and apply it outdoors. ⭐️

Going on a Bear Hunt!
Finally, my favourite reviewing element other than language. Entertainment value! For a story to be truly successful there needs to be a unity between words and illustration. The pictures are colourful, and there was something about them that really drew me in, but I couldn’t figure out what it was initially. Then I realized that the animals had a very real “life” to them. The eyes are very alive, and many of the animals are wearing the slightest smile that I found very endearing. This is another example of the style of book that Toddlers would love exploring in a small group, learning new words and proudly pointing out the ones they know. I think Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers would be a welcome addition to any classroom. ⭐️

I like your smile!
A full ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars to Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers for being a lovely story with so many opportunities to extend learning. Thank you, Jessica Kulekjian and Salini Perera, for coming together to create this wonderful addition to any Educators Library! This ARC was provided by Kids Can Press and accessed through NetGalley.
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This picture teaches about how animals adapt in the winter. The story is told in both narrative passages as well as small text circles that describe animals and their adaptations. The illustrations are really beautiful and have some really interesting art techniques like texture and perspective. I could see using this book as an inspiration or mentor piece for creating fall art with my students. What is also really interesting is the way that the illustrations show cutouts of what is behind a tree or underground so that readers can see the animal’s winter habitat. This is a fabulous book for teachers who want to teach the concept of adaptations, as well as the idea that seasons changing affects animals in many different ways. I would highly recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-9 range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
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Hiders Seekers is a solid children's non-fiction book on how animals cope with winter in different ways, with excellent introductions, very good factual info, solid narrative text, and a somewhat awkward construction  Each page has a quite brief, sometimes lyrical bit about animals ("When .... flowers fade/and colors crumple to the ground") as the foregrounded text, with a circular inset of more prose-y facts ("Eastern box turtles dig underground burrows and wait out winter in brumation").   The factual text is clear and understandable and  when it uses more advance terminology like brumation it always defines it. The narrative text is sometimes nicely lyrical, as with the colors crumpling, and sometimes feels a bit flat. And the movement from one to the other on the same page can be a bit disorienting or jarring.  But given you only  have two choices--this way or endnotes--it's hard to fault the book.

The text covers creatures that hibernate (or something similar), those that migrate, those who stay and stay awake but change physically, such as growing fuller coats.  The section on tracks comes in a bit abruptly, bit it lets the author include a neat illustration of various animal tracks  The illustrations in general are a strength of the book:  always clear, not too cluttered, vivid and colorful bit not garish.  It's also nice that the humans are non-white.  The book closes with a brief resource list for those who want to explore more.  A nice book with a few minor issues.
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This is a great book to read during the winter or end of autumn.  The illustrations are nice to look at and accurate to the animals being depicted.  I loved that it is both a story book, with simple lines for younger children, and an informational one, with fun facts sprinkled throughout for older kids.  This makes it a great book for youth and caregivers to read and learn together.
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es un libro muy bonito y colorido que nos muestra a los animales, plantas, ambiente en la temporada de otoño-invierno y una pequeña explicación. es informativo para los niños.

thanks to netgalley and Kids Can Press for a copy of this book.
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