Big Night for Salamanders (Hardcover)
A boy takes charge to help his beloved salamanders. Evan can hardly wait for Big Night. During the first warm night rain of spring—Big Night—spotted salamanders by the hundreds crawl out of the woods and down to a natural pool across the road. There they will breed and lay their eggs. How can Evan and his parents help these delicate creatures cross the road in safety? Evan has the solution. . . . Sarah Marwil Lamstein delivers a moving story of genuine caring. In this Smithsonian's Notable Book for Children, Carol Benioff's colorful and animated illustrations transport the reader into Evan's world, where a child can do small yet wonderful things to help other creatures.
About the Author
Sarah Marwil Lamstein has written or co-written five books for young readers. Her picture book Letter on the Wind received the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award. Others were listed by the Cooperative Children's Book Council and Booklist's Top Ten Religion Books for Youth. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Carol Benioff has created illustrations for numerous book jackets and magazines. She also illustrated The Christmas Thingamajig and Preacher's Night Before Christmas. She lives in Berkeley, California.
"Readers intrigued by salamanders will learn plenty here. . . . A solid choice for primary-grade science units." —Booklist
"The text elegantly blends fiction and nonfiction, alternating between lyrical, italicized descriptions of the salamanders and their movements and a straightforward narrative about the family helping them. . . . An excellent addition to science units." —School Library Journal
"Students who read this book will not only learn about the habitat and life cycle of salamanders, they will also be reminded that even they can do something to make a positive impact on our environment. Bibliography. Glossary. Index." —Library Media Connection