This one seemed appropriate for the start of fall 🍁🍂 In one lifetime... 🔹How many roosting holes will a woodpecker drill in a tree?
🔹How many joeys will a kangaroo birth?
🔹How many flowers will a swallowtail butterfly visit?
LIFETIME: THE AMAZING NUMBERS IN ANIMAL LIVES (2013) answers these questions and many more! We begin at one and end at 1,000 (with nine other numbers visited in between). The gorgeous-and accurate!-illustrations give kids lots of opportunities to practice counting 😏 (I think my favorite is of the rattlesnake--Eek!)
Foolishly, I initially thought author Lola M. Schaefer had looked these facts up online. Wrong! At the back of the book she explains that these stats weren't available, so she did lots of research and then calculated averages to figure out the typical number of times an animal does one behavior (e.g., giving birth) or grows one particular feature (e.g., sets of antlers) in its lifetime. (She also had to use an average for how long a given animal's lifetime is!) She explains to kids in simple terms how to find an average, and even gives a few problems for them to practice on their own. Yay, math and curiosity!
At the end of the book there is also additional information on each of the 11 species Schaefer describes. Ages 4-8.
One of my guys skipped naptime the other day so he makes a guest appearance in the post! Hi, bud! 👋
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