Life in the Heat
by Sean Taylor; Alex Morss
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Pub Date 19 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 12 Jul 2022
In this follow-up to Winter Sleep and Busy Spring, Wild Summer explores nature in summer.
The beautifully-told story follows a young girl and her naturalist grandpa as they walk down a wild path towards the coast. They spot amazing plants and animals. She is enchanted by the vibrancy of life around her, but asks: “Do plants and animals want summer to last forever?”
Young curiosity is combined with old wisdom in a nature-filled adventure showing a touching relationship between grandfather and grandchild. He teaches her about challenges facing the natural world around her, as we explore a meadow, stream, heathland, fire-charred pine wood, fossil rich cliffs, rocky cove and ocean life.
Filled with fascinating facts and stunning illustrations, the books in this series encourage children to discover more about nature and the seasons. Also available from this series are Winter Sleep and Busy Spring,
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Average rating from 16 members
This book tells the story of a little girl who is excited for summer and the opportunity to visit her grandfather. Once summer arrives she and her grandfather go exploring in nature together and he explains to her why it is important to have different seasons (and more importantly, climate change) and the impact that seasons can have on wild life, such as forest fires. The book ends with information on how animals and plants have adapted to the new temperatures as well as information about seasons and how to help take care of our planet and wild life. Additionally, the artwork in this story is phenomenal, it is truly beautiful and I enjoy taking a moment on each page to really observe the details. I could see using this book as an introduction to an art lesson as well! As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library and as a resource for teaching about seasons and climate change. I would recommend this book for parents and teachers of children in the age 6-11 range. There are definitely some more challenging words int he book, but I think that younger children would enjoy reading with an adult and looking at the neat pictures. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
Wild Summer is a great way to teach children about climate change and how it affects our planet. I loved all the different illustrations of insects, animals, and plant life. There were lots of facts at the end of the book, along with some action steps. The story walked the young girl through the idea why summer all the time is not good for most creatures.
Review to come on release day on blog/goodreads.
I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
I spotted this book on Netgalley and just had to have it. For two reasons: 1) It is practically summer (June 2nd when I write this) and 2) I really enjoyed Busy Spring by the same author and was curious what Summer would bring!
In this adorable book we meet a grandfather and his granddaughter. She is excitedly waiting for the summer to come so she can visit her granddad. He has a surprise for her! This whole book was just one big AWWW so cute and pretty. Because grandpa takes his granddaughter on a trip through his backyard and further along. Remember, he has something to show her, but before we get to there he has plenty to show. Beautiful scenery and I just love how he took the time to explain things to her, let her explore and discover for herself, how he let her calmly take it in, and I just wished I had that kind of relationship with my grandfathers when I was tiny. *sighs*
The surprise was a lovely one and I loved that he kept it a secret until the moment they came to it. That must have been hard, or maybe I am just terrible with surprises. XD I just get so excited about having to show something someone that I sometimes just feel it bubbling out. XD
I loved reading about summer. Nothing really new to me, but I still enjoyed reading about if it can be summer forever and what that means. And I had fun following this duo through gorgeous nature and have a wonderful time!
Then after the story there is some more information on summer, animals, plants, ocean life, and more.
Of course, climate change is mentioned. Once again, I am all for fixing it, and I am doing my own bits to help out... but I am also tired the doomsnews that is on 24/7 in newspapers, social media, and other places and I see climate change get more and more mentioned in books. I just want to shut things out for a while. Please. Just let people have that. My mental health needs it.
But all in all, I did really enjoy this book. The art is absolutely gorgeous, I just love the bond between granddad and granddaughter, love reading about the summer and am now looking forward to that summer time (yes, it is early June here but the weather is not impressed). I would recommend this book!
I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
I really enjoyed this picture book! I had previously read the previous installment in the series Busy Spring, so I knew I would like this even before reading it ngl! Love the combination of the story and facts about the season, with a mix of environmental focus and specific animal/plant focus. Really great for younger children to learn more about Summer!
Definitely recommend it!
Very competent read, that gives a narrative to what is practically a non-fiction book, and a non-fiction book based around the question of whether eternal summer would be a good idea or not. Our narrator is a young lass (of colour, if that matters to you) whose grandfather is taking her on a day's walk to someplace or something mysterious. Along the way the older naturalist points out fire damage, and how some critters cope with long periods of heat but some don't. Thus we all see that heatwaves can be beneficial and also dangerous, which brings climate change quite easily into the discussion. Many end-matter pages kind of lean this towards the classroom, and it was never the best of entertainment at the best of times, but it was still an enjoyable way to convey the lesson, and a pretty looking one at that. A strong four stars for a book whose singular topic I've not seen handled before – and will never expect to see handled better.
I loved this book and cannot wait to read the previous ones.
Wild Summer captures the essence of its titular season, and I love how it encourages readers to explore nature. As someone who spent her childhood summers with her grandparents, I also loved being part of their relationship.
** Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review. **
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