A beautifully illustrated collection of 5 minute bedtime stories about the wildlife found in woods around the world.
Every forest contains a thousand secrets… In this charming anthology of stories by Alicia Klepeis readers will be guided into forests to meet the amazing animals that live there. In one story a squirrel hunts for an elusive acorn it buried earlier in the year, while another looks at an Alaskan wood frog as it freezes itself alive to survive a harsh winter. Children will be thrilled by the tale of a reindeer that gets separated from its herd in the snowy woods of Scandinavia, and marvel at a chameleon changing colour in the forests of Madagascar.
Other stories feature elephants, wild cats, pangolins, badgers, foxes, monarch butterflies, otters, walking fish, a tree that can live for thousands of years, and even forest-dwelling penguins! All of these creatures and their habitats are brought to life with impressive skill by illustrator Kristen Adam.
Each story in Secrets of the Forest is based on the real biology and behavior of these amazing wild animals, and at the end of each tale readers will find out more about the science that inspired the story. So as they drift off to sleep, they will know a little bit more about the world around them.
About the Author
Alicia Klepeis loves to research fun and out-of-the-ordinary topics that bring the world to young readers – from amazing animals to extreme environments. Alicia began her career at the National Geographic Society. She is the author of more than 170 children’s books, including Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts; Polar Bears & Penguins: A Pretty Cool Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic; The Science And Technology Of Ben Franklin; and The World’s Strangest Foods. A former middle school teacher, Alicia loves doing school visits. She lives with her family in upstate New York.
Kristen Adam is an illustrator who grew up exploring the wild redwood forests of northern California. Her love of getting lost in the fantasies of her doodles led her to study illustration at California College of the Arts, where she discovered her passion for illustrating children’s books. Kristen’s work is a whimsical mix of digital media and traditional textures, and features quirky critters bursting with personality. When Kristen's not wandering the woods identifying wildflowers she loves star gazing, reading sci fi/fantasy novels, and snuggling her dog Charlie.
Neon Squid creates beautiful nonfiction books for inquisitive kids (and kids at heart). We believe the most amazing stories are real ones, so our books are for children who want to decipher ancient scrolls, orbit distant stars, and dive into the deepest oceans. Our books are a labor of love—written by experts, illustrated by the best artists around, and produced using the finest materials, including sustainably sourced paper. We hope that by reading them kids are encouraged to further explore the world around them.
"This delightful collection of short stories. . .weaves together both enchantment and enlightenment. Adam's sweet, soft illustrations are wonderful additions to Klepeis’ carefully crafted text, perfectly blending realistic details with huggable cuteness. Young listeners and readers will happily relax into these stories, which turn the act of sleep into an adventure." --Booklist