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Author: Carole Gerber

Illustrator: Christina Wald

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Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: It is his first fall, and Little Red Bat doesn't know what to do. Should he stay in the woods or migrate someplace else. While he's trying to decide, all of the other animals in the woods share what they are going to do for the winter AND give him a warning of what to watch out for if he stays. This informational picture book is for children who are ready for more text-dense books.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 11

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "It's so tiny." After proclaiming this was a "little kids' book," our 11-year-old jumped right in. She didn't all of the text, but she spent a lot of time with the illustrations, picking out some of the activities that weren't part of the text.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was a fascinating book. When Little Red Bat fell off the leaf at the beginning, I thought the author had overstated the reality of a bat hanging from a leaf. Although the text was a little stilted for my taste, I kept reading and learned a lot! I wish the conversations had been broken out from the paragraphs. They are frequent enough that they would make for great partner reads with developing readers.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations, lots of factual information, and a cute little bat will engage readers and listeners alike.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This would be an excellent choice for a school library, but is also a book that is fun to read at home, too.


Educational Themes: This informational picture book is packed with great information, both in the text and visually in the illustrations. It is a great choice for reading before an autumn hike. There is a For Creative Minds section in the back that also add to the learning and fun.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2013

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