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Susan Vande Griek (CA)

Animals Come Out, The

Animals Come Out, The

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Do you ever wonder what could happen if we all hid away? If we stayed in, we just might see … the animals come out!

A delightful series of poems describes the many animals that emerge from the woods, the hills and the skies when we are not around. Peek out your window and watch the deer grazing under the streetlights, the rabbits hopping through our vegetable gardens, and the ducks quack quack quacking along the sidewalks. 

The Animals Come Out was inspired by the wildlife seen in quieted urban areas during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that young readers may well remember. But this book also encourages readers to be aware that, in fact, we share the outdoors with these animals all the time, and to consider the impact that we have upon them.


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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.


Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

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SUSAN VANDE GRIEK is the author of several highly acclaimed children’s books. Her picture book Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, among others. She has also written Go Home Bay, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, about the artist Tom Thomson, and An Owl at Sea, illustrated by Ian Wallace. Susan lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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