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