LITTLE BROWN BAT Children's Book Signed Personalized


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“The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat” by Laurence Pringle, illustrated and signed by me, Kate Garchinsky.

Add on a Kids Bat Craft pack for added educational play!

Wait—are you afraid of Bats? Human beings tend to fear things they don’t understand. THE SECRET LIFE OF THE LITTLE BROWN BAT offers a sneak peek into the daily activities of bats through a year in the life of a floofy wee microbat named Otis (taken from “Myotis lucifigus,” the species’ scientific name). Through illustration I tried to portray the bat’s world as it may be seen through their eyes, and ultrasonic ears.

The “Secret Life” book series began with The Secret Life of the Red Fox (2017) and will continue in 2019 (Skunks) & 2020 (Sloths)!

Here is the RED FOX listing:

And a chapter book I illustrated for middle grade wildlife enthusiasts, Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight

This gorgeous and lyrical picture book continues the Secret Life series by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrator Kate Garchinsky. It follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate. Striking, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures, as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.

★ “(A) lively, engaging account of one animal's life…(t)he impressionistic illustrations use soft strokes of color to portray the bat and his world. A beautiful, informative picture book about this common North American bat.” – Booklist, starred review

“Pringle weaves information about the lives of these misunderstood mammals into his imagined-from-facts tale…this veteran science writer mostly avoids anthropomorphization, describing actions with lively language that's fun to read aloud… The conclusion of this simple story demonstrates the importance of these bats to our lives…Appropriate vocabulary introduces relevant concepts. Garchinsky's darkly atmospheric illustrations…will show well at storytime. A(n) effective appreciation.” - Kirkus Reviews

★ “Pringle reveals with captivating detail this amazing creature’s growth…This book is a delightful work of narrative nonfiction that communicates facts and terminology…alongside beautiful artwork. (T)he illustrations are an enchanting addition to the text…(and) Garchinsky expertly captures various scenes of bat life. (W)ritten in an accessible way for younger readers, Pringle also includes a solid amount of information in the back matter…and a call to action about the white nose disease that is threatening brown bat populations. An excellent choice for elementary nonfiction collections.” - School Library Journal, starred review

Ages: 6 to 9
Grades: 1 to 4
Pages: 32
Imprint: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-601-7

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    1. Prep: Spot clean stains with mild detergent and cold water.
    2. Turn all items inside-out before laundering, including socks!
    3. Sort: Wash similar fabrics & colors together to prevent fading, friction, fuzzies, and pilling. I use mesh bags.
    4. Lesson learned: DO NOT WASH Curethreads with JEANS.
    5. Hand wash or machine wash on Delicates or Gentle cycle with cold water.
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    What a stunning little book....Beautiful graphics and a special story which is relatable to adults and children alike. Wonderful service and follow up from the author. What a skillful artist and storyteller. Can't wait to get more of her books. Thank you for reaching out to me and my wonderful book and your sweet sentiments.....Will treasure this and the memories of reading it to my grandson....Thank you!

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