Books by Pamela Hickman

IT’S MOVING DAY! by Pamela Hickman
Released: April 1, 2008

"He uses naturalistic swathes of color to portray the seasons and the animals, excellently conveying birth, renewal and the passage of time—indeed, the vivid and kinetic paintings are the real standout. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
A variety of the animals that burrow into the earth for various purposes are the focus of this science picture book for very young children. Read full book review >
HOW ANIMALS EAT by Pamela Hickman
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite the disappointing absence of a glossary or other backmatter, this is worth considering as a supplement or alternative to D.M. Souza's photographically illustrated Look What Mouths Can Do (2006). (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Aimed at recently literate young naturalists, this gallery of animal mouths, tongues and teeth makes the connection between diet and dentifrice, while introducing a light load of special terminology like "scavenger" and "chameleon." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Some interesting information, but lacking in supporting sources; fuzzy science, attractive price, marginal title. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Hickman surveys how animals survive extreme temperatures with periods of dormancy or hibernation. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Good, maybe the best available on the subject, but not great. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in a long-running series on animal behavior (Animals and Their Young, 2003; Animals Eating, 2001, etc.) suffers more from lack of organization than does its predecessors, but still offers plenty of fascinating facts. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2003

"First-rate: a terrific addition to any library, including the one in your home. (Nonfiction.7-11)"
The duo that produced Animals in Motion (2000)and Animals Eating (2001) returns with a look at animal babies—how some begin as eggs, including puffins, frogs, and platypuses, and how others, such as koalas, giraffes, walruses, and sloths, are born live. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"Seasoned with well-chosen examples and scientific terms, this clear, non-technical study will afford plenty of food for thought—though the lack of a book or Web site list will give readers hoping for leads to further information a bone to pick with the author. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Another child-friendly nature book from the team that offered Animals in Motion (2000), this one has added bite. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2000

"The author and illustrator do provide a splendid look at animal adaptation for movement. (index) (Nonfiction, 812)"
Nature writer Pamela Hickman (My First Look at Nature series) provides a closer look at the special anatomical features that help animals run, walk, swim, and fly. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2000

"Also new to the Starting With Nature Series is Bird Book. (Index) (Nonfiction. 812)"
Meet a plant: What are its parts? Read full book review >
A NEW DUCK by Pamela Hickman
Released: April 1, 1999

"Additional information, obviously aimed at older readers or for adults to share with children, appears under the flap on each page. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This modest, agreeable entry in the My First Look At series shows the life cycle of a mallard duck nesting in an urban park. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1999

"Interesting and practical. (diagrams, index) (Nonfiction 8-12)"
While many of the night sky activities in this book, subtitled "Exploring Nature After Dark with Activities, Experiments and Information," are more applicable for children who live in the country than for urban dwellers, older students will enjoy browsing this compendium of facts about astronomy and animals. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It's been done before in many other books, but this version, with its lush illustrations of a bountiful garden, is a summertime treat. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Seeds and kids start out small and grow wondrously, which may explain some of children's fascination with planting, growing, and, subsequently, exploring their environments. Read full book review >