Lifetime (Hardcover)

The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

By Lola M. Schaefer, Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452107141, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

List Price: 17.99*
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In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.

Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations. A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.

About the Author

Lola M. Schaefer is the award-winning author of many books for children of all ages, including Just One Bite. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Georgia.

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author who regularly contributes to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and creates book covers for various publishers. He has directed short animated videos for Kate Spade and Anthropologie and was awarded a medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work in motion graphics.

He illustrated the acclaimed picture books Over and Under the Snow and Lifetime, both of which explore the natural world. Over and Under the Snow, with author Kate Messner was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and won an E.B. White Honor Award in 2012. He recently contributed art to New York Times Best Seller, Goodnight Songs a collection of poems by author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Neal's self-authored book debut "Everyone" will be published by Candlewick press in 2015.

He exhibits drawings at galleries and speaks at events around the world. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn and teaches Illustration at Pratt Institute.

Praise For Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

"A delightful read for the little future park ranger or mathematician in your life."--Buzzfeed

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Whether you teach with it or curl up with it, you'll be wondering and learning all at once."--DesignMom

"Useful for. integrating literature into math instruction."--School Library Journal

"Readers (or listeners) will enjoy counting the joeys, seahorses, alligator eggs or spots on the giraffe."-Kirkus Reviews

"Fills a clever niche for both animal science and mathematics."-Booklist

"Concepts of counting and quantity are cleverly examined."-The Horn Book Magazine

"Beautiful book."-The Wall Street Journal

"As intriguing as it is gorgeous."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An engaging teaching tool on so many levels."--Cool Mom Picks

"A fascinating addition to the curious reader's library."--The Daily Parent