Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Little Book of Sloth

Booklist (December 15, 2012 (Vol. 109, No. 8))

Grades 2-4. Kids, you can’t possibly imagine the level of cuteness at work in this book. Here’s a visual: a baby sloth hugs a teddy bear, and he’s smaller than the bear. There are sloths in pjs, sloths gnawing on green beans, and even a pile o’ sloths in a bucket. Of course, in addition to the huggable pictures and handsome book design, there’s a story here too. Cooke, photographer, zoologist, and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, introduces a rehabilitation sanctuary in “a sleepy corner of Costa Rica,” home to approximately 150 slow-moving residents. Judy Arroyo is “mom” to each of these creatures, from Buttercup, the first tiny orphan that landed on her doorstep, to Sunshine and Sammy, rescued from poachers. Cooke points out in her lively text that there are two families of sloth: the three-fingered Bradypus and the two-fingered Choloepus (“a cross between a Wookie and a pig”). Fascinating facts about sloths abound. Move over puppies, kittens, and piglets—kids are going to have a new favorite animal when they get their hands on this, especially given the unofficial sloth motto: “Just chill.”

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