March 8, 2013

Perfect Picture Book Friday - A Little Book Of Sloth


Happy Friday, Everyone!

The book I have to share today is a little different and very cute and fun.  For starters, how can you not love a book that's called A LIttle Book Of Sloth? :)

A Little Book Of Sloth
Written By: Lucy Cooke
Photographed By: Lucy Cooke
Margaret K. McElderry Books, March 2013, Non-Fiction

Suitable For Ages: there is no recommendation from the publisher - the photographs are suitable for all ages, the text has some higher level vocabulary, but I think would be enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

Themes/Topics: nature, animals, sloths

Opening: "It all started with Buttercup.  Baby Buttercup turned up on Judy's doorstep as a tiny orphan.  She was a few weeks old and desperately needed a new mom. Buttercup's new home provided more slouching opportunities than your average tree branch.  So she chose the best seat in the house and decided to stay."

Brief Synopsis: This is a photographic story about a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.  Wonderful photos of the many sloths-in-residence are accompanied by anecdotes and facts about sloths.

Links To Resources: Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary website, the Sloth Appreciation Society, meet the sloths on video

Why I Like This Book: I don't know about you, but I've never read a book about sloths before.  This book is beautiful, fun, and educational.  Written by Lucy Cooke, a British filmmaker, zoologist, photographer and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, it highlights this lesser-known animal in an irresistible way.  Ms. Cooke takes pains to mention at the end of the book that sloths are wild animals, not pets, and that children (and adults :)) can show their appreciation for these sweet creatures by joining the Sloth Appreciation Society.  A great choice for the animal lovers in your life :)

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Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

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54 comments:

  1. I just saw this in my Amazon email of new books. This is great that you already read it. The only sloth book I know is by Eric Carle. I've never heard of a sloth sanctuary. Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great choice! It is so CUTE!!! I would LOVE to read this book! :D

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  3. I saw this book the other day and thought it looked really interesting. I don't know much about sloths. What a great thing that they have a sanctuary for them. I'm anxious to find out more! Thanks for the review!

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  4. What a sweet little creature...I want to hug her myself!! Cute book.

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  5. That darling sloth is too cute cuddled up with that stuffed rabbit. And of course I can't help thinking of Sid the sloth from Ice Age now lol!!

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  6. I've never read a book about a sloth, either. It sounds like one kids would love.

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  7. I love that the book promotes a sanctuary for sloths. It sounds like a rescue farm of sorts. I'm going to look it up because I wonder why sloths need a sanctuary unless people think they make good pets and then realize they don't and then don't want them or something like that.


    Thanks for sharing this cute picture book. :)

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  8. I LOVE the title! And what a cute little sloucher!

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  9. Very cute looking sloth. Good point to stress it's a wild animal.

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  10. oh that sloth is soooo cute! I've been wanting to read this book. And imagine! A sloth sanctuary - how cool is that?

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  11. Julie Rowan-ZochMarch 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I had better find your sloth book...today! The book and a membership might be the perfect Easter present around!

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  12. Friday + Sloth = Perfect Together!

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  13. Vivian did a post about a Sloth Book ~ Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth:

    http://viviankirkfield.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/celebrating-world-read-aloud-day-with-eric-carle/

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  14. CUTE! I have just critiqued a picture book this week about a sloth!

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  15. It's very cute, and I especially like the author's emphasis on responsibility - that these are not pets, but wild animals, and that the sanctuary exists to help them go back to the wild.

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  16. I think you really would like it, Erik. It's written to appeal to a slightly older audience, and the information is interesting to all ages. I am not technically picture book age, but I loved it :)

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  17. I learned from this book that a sloth's top speed is 15 feet per minute, Rhythm - I'm sure you can run a LOT faster than that :) I think you would enjoy this one :)

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  18. It really is cute. I learned a lot... since I knew nothing about sloths previously :) There are so many cute ones pictured - one called Velcro :)

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  19. If you get a second, Angela, watch the video in the Links To Resources section - SO CUTE!!!

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  20. I think it's very appealing because it's interesting facts combined with VERY cute pictures, and the sloths are individuals with names, so you kind of get to know them. I think kids would really like it!

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  21. Yes, the sanctuary is to take care of them until they can be released back into the wild. One of the ones who is there couldn't cling strongly enough and fell off his mother :( And I think some of the others are orphans, or got injured somehow. But yes, I bet some people try to keep them illegally as pets with bad results.

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  22. Ooh! Can't wait to read it! I'm behind today... too much other work :) Be over soon :)

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  23. Yes, I really appreciate that she emphasizes that at the end - so important that the sanctuary exists to help release sloths back into the wild, although I think a few of them end up staying because the wild doesn't work for them.

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  24. I think it's wonderful. So great that they can rehabilitate orphaned or injured sloths and return them to the wild. And the book is really interesting.

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  25. What a great idea! I didn't even think of that, but I know a couple people who would love membership in the sanctuary! Thanks, Julie :)

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  26. Oh, thanks! And Joanna's got a sloth book up today as well! It's a theme :)



























    nrhatch (unregistered) wrote, in response to nrhatch:

    Vivian did a post about a Sloth Book ~ Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth: http://viviankirkfield.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/celebrating-world-read-aloud-day-with-eric-carle/

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  27. They are so cute. I just watched a segment yesterday on the "Today Show" about sloths. I didn't know much about them. I as amazed at what I learned, so I'll have to check this book out. They said yesterday they only eliminate once a week and that it takes their systems a long time to digest food. Loved the video.

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  28. Yes, it's true. There's a whole page in the book about the poo pole :) I found the book very interesting and I learned a lot!

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  29. Love this, Susanna! And last week my entry was Eric Carle's 'Slowly, Slowly, Slowly' said the Sloth...so now we have two PPBF sloth resources.:) I like this one because with the photographs, it gives kids a realistic view of what a sloth really looks like.
    I'll be back later with my PPBF entry...have to write it first...YIKES...what happens to the time?

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  30. Joanna posted a sloth book today too! We're on a roll :) And seriously, I don't know what happens to the time. I've been up since 5:30 AM and it's already 3:20 and I haven't gotten done nearly what I'd like to!!!

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  31. Good to see a book on a less common animal. Sloths are adorable!

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  32. Wow! It sounds like sloths are a new trend! But seriously, this book sounds really interesting and one my daughter would enjoy . Thanks for featuring it.

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  33. My husband hates it when I say "awwwwwww" but that photo demands that I say it! ;) I don't think I've ever seen a PB about sloths either. I'm really glad that there is a warning not to treat sloths as pets. It really drives me bonkers when people try to keep wild animals for pets and then release them randomly when they can no longer care for them (but I won't go on and on here...LOL!).


    Thank you for sharing what will be the most adorable thing I see today, Susanna!

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  34. Well, it is 4:15pm here...and I've JUST linked my PPBF. But I'm so excited...because last night my 'In Just Spring' story came to me...in a flash...and I scribbled it down...so now it just needs a little 'spit and polish' and I will be ready.:) I thought, with the 12x12 submission and the Barbara Karlin Grant competition looming, I might not be able to produce something for that...so hurray!

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  35. pennyklostermannMarch 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    What a precious cover!!! I know they're wild animals, but it looks cute enough to cuddle up in my bed :-)

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  36. Hurray!!! :)




























    Vivian Kirkfield wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:


    Well, it is 4:15pm here...and I've JUST linked my PPBF. But I'm so excited...because last night my 'In Just Spring' story came to me...in a flash...and I scribbled it down...so now it just needs a little 'spit and polish' and I will be ready.:) I thought, with the 12x12 submission and the Barbara Karlin Grant competition looming, I might not be able to produce something for that...so hurray!

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  37. Glad you like it, Allison! The photographs are wonderful!

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  38. I know! Between Vivian, Joanna and me we've posted 3 sloth books in the last week! I like this one because it's informative and fun with wonderful photographs, but I haven't actually read theirs yet! :)

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  39. I'm totally guilty of those "awwwwww"s too, Teresa so don't worry, I get it :) The photographs in this book are really cute, and if you have a second, watch the video in the links to resources section - it's only about a minute long and SO CUTE!

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  40. If you love the cover, you must see the inside - you'll really love it! And you can watch the video in the links to resources section - it's only a little over a minute and so cute! :)

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  41. The cover and the opening sentence really captured my attention. I think Vivian did a review about a Sloth last week. Hmmm....wonder if sloths will be the next big thing. I wish I had time to be a slouth. :-)

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  42. Sloths are such bizarre/cool creatures, they definitely need a few books about them.

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  43. I'm so happy to see that there is a children's book about sloths! I always found them fascinating critters, & their lifestyle shows us how to slow down a bit! I just may have to do some sketches of sloths!

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  44. Good idea, Dana! They're cute and remind us to slow down - excellent combo! :)

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  45. Well this one is fun Sandi because it's cute and educational - the best of both worlds :)

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  46. I've been doing the PPBF for the past couple of weeks now, but I'm not sure how to become an official participant with the cute little badge on the side of my blog and everything. What do I need to do?

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  47. Heather, I'm so glad you've joined us and I will email you :)

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  48. I know it! Being slothlike would be very relaxing! :)

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  49. i have never been so moved by a book, it had me in tears. i just wanted to say if there is any justice in the world the film of the book of sloths should be made. sleep tight bay sloths.

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  50. theres a sloth i no hes the only one i dream of reach into the stars take me to the clouds above.

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  51. bay baby we can we just stay to gether (sloth) ey ey ey ey

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