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WHERE ARE THE NIGHT ANIMALS? by Mary Ann Fraser

WHERE ARE THE NIGHT ANIMALS?

By Mary Ann Fraser (Author) , Mary Ann Fraser (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1999
ISBN: 0-06-027717-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

PLB 0-06-027718-1 paper 0-06-445176-3 This Stage 1 entry in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series focuses on eight common nocturnal creatures, from the barn owl to the harvest mouse. Each animal is introduced through a simple action: coyote hunts, opossum munches berries, tree frog calls to its mate with a “Kreck-ek, kreck-ek.” The text is curiously disrupted by a middle spread of the dawn and definitions of the terms diurnal and nocturnal; the nighttime animals run for cover, but on the next page, readers are returned to sunset and the examination of those animals resumes. Fraser then emphasizes their interrelatedness: skunk sprays coyote for coming too close, barn owl snatches up mouse, raccoon snatches a crayfish, brown bat seeks out insects. A final spread shows morning, where a pajama-wearing child and raccoon meet through a window glass as “the night shift ends. The day shift begins.” Naturalistic illustrations provide stills of each animal against deep blues, teals, and aquamarines; endnotes explain where nocturnal animals hide during the day. (Picture book. 3-6)