Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Dominique Ramsey

Published by Rise x Penguin Workshop

Summary:  While many animals live in groups–a parade of elephants, a tower of giraffes, a pod of whales–there are some that live alone.  The panther at the watering hole, the octopus in the ocean, the sloth in the jungle, and the bald eagle high in the sky are all solitary animals who have evolved to survive best on their own.  A final page gives additional information about solitary animals, including a comparison with humans that concludes, “All creatures find their own balance.”  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The amazing digital illustrations of this book highlight animals both in groups and alone.  The text emphasizes that different animals do well with different amounts of sociability, a lesson that kids may apply to themselves as well.

Cons:  Is it just me, or is the word “introverts” becoming a bit hackneyed?

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