Summertime Sleepers

Animals that Estivate

written by Melissa Stewart

What do mourning cloak butterflies have in common with pixie frogs and yellow-bellied marmots? They all estivate, or sleep through summer.

Everyone knows about hibernation, but this book by award-winning author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a lyrical look at its fascinating warm-weather counterpart—estivation. Discover how some creatures survive by snoozing through the hottest days of the year. A wonderful bed-time read-aloud.

In bookstores April 27

"Brannen's art is as captivating as the information it illuminates... the illustrations are not only incredibly enjoyable, they're accurate and informative. Summertime Sleepers is a gem that should spark children's interest in science, in the world around them and in the joy of learning." - Shelf Awareness

"Brannen's pleasing illustrations, both sketches and watercolor scenes, enable the audience to envision the animals within their habitats. An attractive science book on an uncommon but interesting topic." - Booklist

"A well-crafted and attractive text for animal fans, and a suitable introduction to the scientific concept of estivation... Gentle watercolor scenes include a small black-and-white page that resembles a guidebook entry."

- School Library Journal

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