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Beneath the sun
Stewart, Melissa, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta : Peachtree, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Describes animals that live in the hottest climates and how they have adapted to survive, such as an earthworm that curls up underground, a desert jackrabbit that vents heat through oversized ears, and a siren salamander that burrows beneath wetland mud.
Reading Level:

K to grade 3.

AD 940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 166303.
Format :


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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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This lyrical tour of a variety of habitats offers young readers vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the hot season under the blazing sun.
Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, and to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears. Beneath the Sun shows readers how animals survive the hottest time of the year.

Author Notes

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts.
Constance R. Bergum has illustrated several children's books. She holds an MFA in illustration from Marywood University and lives in Montana.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

On the hottest day of the year, three kids put on sunscreen, sip lemonade, and run through their backyard sprinkler to cool off. But what do animals do in hot weather? Stewart and Bergum, who previously collaborated on When Rain Falls (2008) and Under the Snow (2009), tell and show what happens on a sweltering day in a field, in a desert, in a wetland, and at the seashore. From earthworm to fiddler crab, from horned lizard to herring gull, each animal deals with high temperatures in its own way. Finally, the sun sets and evening comes, bringing cooler temperatures for all. The second half of the book is unusual in that it includes the cooling strategies of creatures living in shallow water as well as those of land animals, insects, and birds living nearby. The short text tells just enough about each animal to make its story interesting, while the handsome watercolor paintings illustrate each species and its habitat effectively. A quiet, informative read-aloud choice for the dog days of summer.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist