So, Schaefer writes that the average giraffe will wear 200 spots on its body, 100 on each side in its lifetime. And the average red kangaroo will give birth to 50 joeys in her lifetime. How did Schaefer come up with her amounts? She explains right from the start that she based her "estimations on the average adult life span of each wild animal that lives to maturity and the recorded and observational information about it's behaviors or physical features."
So, Lifetime is both a counting book and a book that teaches kids about averages. Each two page spread features one animal and the average number of times something happens in its lifetime. Then the reader can count each occurrence, which is cleverly included in the illustration. For example, on average, a caribou grows antlers 10 times in its lifetime. Can you find and count all ten antlers?
|You can click this to enlarge it for counting|
Kids will like the counting and the information about each animal, but they will also enjoy the lovely earth-toned mixed media illustrations befitting all these animals in their wild habitat.
There are lots of good counting books available for kids, but this is one that takes counting a little further by teaching kids about averages as well, making it a very appealing for kids, especially those interested in math and/or nature.
This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was provided by the publisher.
This book will be available September 24, 2013
Nonfiction Monday is hosted this week by Shelf-Employed
This is book 8 of my 2013 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy