Book of the Week – Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

November 18, 2013

Lifetime by Lola M. Schaefer and Christopher Silas Neal

Images and text by Carter.

You probably didn’t know you were yearning for a beautiful presentation of numbers and animals. But you are, trust me. And you can find that in this book, Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal LivesIn one lifetime, a caribou grows and sheds antlers – ten times. In one lifetime, a woodpecker pecks thirty holes from which to peek. And would you ever have guessed that a lady red kangaroo will give birth to fifty joeys?! Or how about the male seahorse, who carries and births one thousand itsy-bitsy babies?

The way that this picture book presents factual information is both engaging and lovely. What a combination! Back matter explores the animals (and the math!) even further. This bound bunch of facts and art is at home as easily in the classroom as it is on the bedside table. Whether you teach with it or curl up with it, you’ll be wondering and learning all at once.

Lifetime by Lola M. Schaefer and Christopher Silas Neal

P.S. – Christopher Silas Neal is also the illustrator of one of Gabrielle’s favorites, Over and Under the Snow, which is a gorgeous one to settle in with if you are already welcoming winter to your part of the world. His warm, inviting, and textured style is perfect for illustrating the natural world. I’d love to wrap myself up in one of his pictures – except maybe the rattlesnake one!

Lifetime by Lola M. Schaefer and Christopher Silas Neal

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 danielle @ this picture book life November 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

This looks amazing!! Chronicle Books does it again. :)


2 Jeanne November 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

I want to thank you for this series – my four-year-old son and I have enjoyed many of your selections and I’m making a list for Christmas gifts! This one looks like a winner. Also, a special thanks for bringing Wee Gillis into our lives :)


3 Shelley November 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Just picked this up at book fair for Christmas. Love it!


4 Courtney November 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

So weird, I just picked this book up randomly at the library yesterday! Great book!


5 megwrites November 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’m excited to read this one. OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW is one of my favorites–so lovely.


6 Nina Leung November 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ve been on the search for a children’s book with numbers higher than 10. It’s almost impossible to find them, let alone a good one! Santa is bringing this one to my boys this year! Thank you!


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