Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: The first four two-page spreads each contain a single word: “Packs, herds, huddles, and pods.” Each shows a group of animals: wolves, buffalo, penguins, and whales. The text continues, “Together, we are better.” Then there are lengthier descriptions of how different animals work together. Ants collect and store leaves as a group: “Together, we harvest!” Wildebeest migrate together for protection: “Together, we travel!” The last two pages show a big group of humans, enjoying the streets, parks, and restaurants of a city: “All together…we are better!” Includes an author’s note about protecting animals of all species; a picture illustrating and identifying all the animals in the book; and a list of books for further reading. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Kids will enjoy learning how animals work together and applying those lessons to their own groups, but the illustrations are what really make this book outstanding. The first eight pages are especially spectacular. This is Hannah Salyer’s first picture book…hoping we will see many more.
Cons: The theme of this book seemed a bit disjointed: it was about pack animals, but also seemed to be about humans working together, and then there was the author’s note about helping endangered animals. All good things, but a single focus might have worked better.