The Adventures of Dr. Sloth
Rebecca Cliffe and Her Quest to Protect Sloths
by Suzi Eszterhas
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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
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True or false: Sloths are lazy. Answer: False! True or false: Sloths are mysterious. Answer: True! Scientists are only beginning to discover how sloths live in the wild.
Sloths spend most of their lives in trees, and until recently scientists didn’t know very much about them. But Dr. Rebecca Cliffe was determined to discover their secrets. To find out more, she fitted sloths with special backpacks containing a device to track their activity. She learned how to climb trees in the Costa Rican jungle so she could take sloth hair samples and test their DNA. And she’s helped create sloth crossings and plant trees to ensure the sloths aren’t trapped in shrinking territories. Along the way, she earned the nickname Dr. Sloth.
Discover the story of how an animal-loving kid in England grew up to become one of the world’s leading sloth scientists, and learn how Dr. Sloth is using her discoveries to help keep sloths safe. Author and professional wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas brings readers up close to the action with engaging text and fantastic photos. Scan QR codes throughout the book to see her videos of sloths in the wild!
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The Adventures of Dr. Sloth takes readers on the journey of one female scientist as she discovers her love of nature to becoming an expert on the well known but little understood species of sloths. This book is full of detailed color photographs, graphs for textual reference, a glossary for the more scientific terms, and informative text laid out in a thoughtful and engaging way to help readers explore both the journey of Dr. Sloth and our growing knowledge of the sloth world. These textual features make this a great addition to any STEM collection. Readers who are interested in endangered animals, the lives of scientists, or ongoing conservation work will enjoy this book.
This nonfiction book for children is both adorable and informative. Dr. Becky Cliffe, aka Dr. Sloth, has dedicated her life to studying and protecting sloths. The book describes the significant amount of information that Dr. Cliffe has learned about sloths, which previously had not been studied to this extent. The photographs of sloths are all so cute and will be a hit with both kids and adults. There are also images of Dr. Cliffe doing her research and showing how she tracks sloths and their habits.
While there is a lot of information about “Dr. Sloth,” I would say this is more of a nonfiction book about sloths rather than a biography of the researcher, and is likely to be more enjoyed by young sloth enthusiasts or animal lovers.
This well-written and well-photographed book gives a wealth of information about sloths. Through the work of "Dr. Sloth". Dr. Rebecca Cliffe, much has been learned about this solitary and slow-moving creatures. The book contains wonderful graphics, particularly a map showcasing where different species live, in addition to the photographs of the sloths. The reader is left with new knowledge of these fascinating animals as well as an appreciation for scientists who work hard to study them. Upper elementary and middle school students would enjoy this book.
The Adventures of Dr. Sloth is fascinating and fun! Kids in elementary school will love this one. The author writes about Dr. Rebecca Cliffe who has devoted her life to studying sloths. In this book, we learn how Dr. Cliffe became a scientist, and all about the lives and habits of sloths. This book contains so many stunning, fun photographs of sloths. I would recommend this for upper elementary school aged children, especially ones who are interested in animals and science.
Thank you Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Adventures of Dr. Sloth is a short book about a scientist, Dr. Rebecca Cliffe, and her study and research of sloths in Costa Rica. Using bright graphics and a lot of images, the book illustrates the career path of Dr. Cliffe, research methodology, and facts about sloths. The information is presented in small, digestible chunks appropriate for elementary-aged children. Ways to help, a bibliography, and an index are included. The text is interesting enough to hold attention and the cute sloth images will have kids swooning.
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