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Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals on the Move in a Time of Pandemic

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What would happen if people all around the world stayed inside, away from animals' habitats? Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss. With the skies, roads, and waterways clear and quiet during What would happen if people all around the world stayed inside, away from animals' habitats? Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss. With the skies, roads, and waterways clear and quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural world seemed to return to an earlier, wilder state. Animals crossed boundaries that people had set over centuries, reclaiming ancient habitats. From sea lions who clambered into a parking lot in Argentina to deer who wandered in the Tokyo subway to lions lounging in the middle of African roads to kangaroos who bounced through a shopping district in Adelaide, Australia, this thoroughly researched, stunningly illustrated book tells the stories of these newly footloose creatures -- and describes what the COVID-19 "pause" taught scientists about how ecosystems and wildlife can rebound if the right environmental conditions are achieved.


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What would happen if people all around the world stayed inside, away from animals' habitats? Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss. With the skies, roads, and waterways clear and quiet during What would happen if people all around the world stayed inside, away from animals' habitats? Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss. With the skies, roads, and waterways clear and quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural world seemed to return to an earlier, wilder state. Animals crossed boundaries that people had set over centuries, reclaiming ancient habitats. From sea lions who clambered into a parking lot in Argentina to deer who wandered in the Tokyo subway to lions lounging in the middle of African roads to kangaroos who bounced through a shopping district in Adelaide, Australia, this thoroughly researched, stunningly illustrated book tells the stories of these newly footloose creatures -- and describes what the COVID-19 "pause" taught scientists about how ecosystems and wildlife can rebound if the right environmental conditions are achieved.

30 review for Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals on the Move in a Time of Pandemic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura U

    *I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss. Thank you! When thinking about the covid-19 pandemic, we always think of the horrible things that came with it. All those crowded hospitals, the restrictions, the fear are just a few examples. But I remember hearing how dolphins returned to Venice and how pollution decreased a lot in the past year. And in a long time, I felt hopeful. Those were the things I wanted to hear more about. Man's intrusion into nature causes animals to lose more and *I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss. Thank you! When thinking about the covid-19 pandemic, we always think of the horrible things that came with it. All those crowded hospitals, the restrictions, the fear are just a few examples. But I remember hearing how dolphins returned to Venice and how pollution decreased a lot in the past year. And in a long time, I felt hopeful. Those were the things I wanted to hear more about. Man's intrusion into nature causes animals to lose more and more of their homes. For humans, it is just land but for the animals, it is everything. But what happens when man is kept indoors? Well, animals are no longer afraid to explore their lost territories. This is what "Sea Lions In The Parking Lot" highlights in its 48 pages. The book unites 12 stories of different animals in the time of the pandemic. The stories come from all over the world, from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The author has a very pleasant writing style. Everything is told in simple words, so this could be a perfect book for a child or just an animal lover. The author took the time to explain some scientific terms at the end of the book, so the book doesn't lack an educational purpose. Nonetheless, the book was highly entertaining and easy to read. I especially loved the illustrations done by Annika Siems. They were just the way I like them, meaning full of life and delicate colors. Seeing the illustrations of the events made me feel for the animals even more. This beautiful element will definitely keep children interested. The story that got to me was that of the sea turtles. I knew that they were laying their eggs on the beach and the newly-hatched baby turtles needed to follow the moon in order to find the ocean, and the city lights were causing them to be disoriented, oftentimes ending up under a car's wheels. What I didn't know was that for a year, those baby turtles didn't have that problem anymore, as the city was darker and quieter. The same happened for many other animals, in different conditions. I wish we could keep at least some of that and not fully return to the way things were before. While that may not be possible, we can be glad that the pandemic was not all bad for everyone. "Sea Lions In The Parking Lot" is a unique book that reminds us of all the beautiful things we might be missing. It also raises awareness of the negative impact we have on animals and nature in general.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sunday

    You probably heard stories about unusual animals venturing into city centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Todaro and Siems do a beautiful job of sharing (very short) descriptions of these events as they occurred all over the world. Amazing how animals can expand their habitats during an "anthropause." LOVED the design. The book is a large picture book. Four pages for each animal. The first two-page layout has a short description of what happened with an illustration of the animal. THEN YOU TURN You probably heard stories about unusual animals venturing into city centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Todaro and Siems do a beautiful job of sharing (very short) descriptions of these events as they occurred all over the world. Amazing how animals can expand their habitats during an "anthropause." LOVED the design. The book is a large picture book. Four pages for each animal. The first two-page layout has a short description of what happened with an illustration of the animal. THEN YOU TURN THE PAGE AND OH MY! A full two-page STUNNING ILLUSTRATION of the animal(s) in their less familiar domains. Your students will love this!!!! And want to look closely as you read aloud and then again, later with a partner. WISH - I wish the back matter had sources for the stories/information for authority and accuracy purposes and perhaps to launch student research. There is an author's note about the experts they asked to read and fact check - which is a plus. PAIR THIS TEXT with Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Duffield and Orodán. Another large format picture book with gorgeous illustrations of the structures humans are building to alleviate the impact we have had on their habitats. Todaro even mentions these structures in the author's note at the end - perfect!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    I never doubted that there would be books of many kinds related to the 2020-21+ pandemic, and those Covid 19-inspired books are hitting the market now. As a global even that cost millions of lives, that is as it should be, whether incorporated into fictional stories, inspiring poetry, of being explored in picture books. This new nonfiction picture book is a tremendous documentation of ways in which the built landscape of humans was claimed by nature and animals when given a chance. Several of th I never doubted that there would be books of many kinds related to the 2020-21+ pandemic, and those Covid 19-inspired books are hitting the market now. As a global even that cost millions of lives, that is as it should be, whether incorporated into fictional stories, inspiring poetry, of being explored in picture books. This new nonfiction picture book is a tremendous documentation of ways in which the built landscape of humans was claimed by nature and animals when given a chance. Several of these fabulous illustrations call to mind images that crossed social media during past months, but they are rendered in an oversized book format and with perspectives that celebrate their natural/scientific qualities while placing them in settings that they would normally avoid. The curiosity, resilience, and (temporary) adaptations of various land and water species from around the world are eye-popping and smile-inducing, while the text remains accessible and clarifying about the places, circumstances, and consequences of this human-withdrawal from an otherwise nature-unwelcoming environment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This might be a weird way to start a review but I find it it deeply comforting to think about the world continuing on without human beings. So many environmentally-themed children's books focus on the terrible things that are happening to the planet, how the animals are in peril, what we need to do to change things -- all true. But for a kid, that can be overwhelming and frightening. They have so little control over their own lives, it may be hard to imagine fixing a problem even their parents d This might be a weird way to start a review but I find it it deeply comforting to think about the world continuing on without human beings. So many environmentally-themed children's books focus on the terrible things that are happening to the planet, how the animals are in peril, what we need to do to change things -- all true. But for a kid, that can be overwhelming and frightening. They have so little control over their own lives, it may be hard to imagine fixing a problem even their parents don't know what to do about. Todaro takes a different tack, showing the resilience of animals, how, if given the chance, they can do pretty well without us. The art and illustrations are beautiful and eye catching and the vignettes satisfying, with enough details to satisfy older readers as well as young.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Giardino

    I love this book. It works on a few different levels for children. One is the exploration of what happened when humans stepped back from so much frenetic public life and animals felt safer too explore, move about, even procreate. The back matter helps children and their communities to make deeper connections to habitat and human impacts. A deeper level, and I believe this is vital for all readers, is the sense of hopefulness in the face of great climate changes. The artwork is wonderful. Todaro' I love this book. It works on a few different levels for children. One is the exploration of what happened when humans stepped back from so much frenetic public life and animals felt safer too explore, move about, even procreate. The back matter helps children and their communities to make deeper connections to habitat and human impacts. A deeper level, and I believe this is vital for all readers, is the sense of hopefulness in the face of great climate changes. The artwork is wonderful. Todaro's language is lyrical, perfect for reading aloud. Of the many books that will chronicle the time of pandemic, this is a highly valuable and unique one, with a global perspective.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Holt

    I received a preview copy of this beautiful book. This wonderful book provides kids and grownups the opportunity to take a trip around the world as they learn about the impact the lock down had on animals. I love the animals that were chosen for the story. I love the rich vocabulary and lovely illustrations; they are perfect for elementary aged children. This would be a wonderful addition to any school or home study about conservation and animal adaptations. I especially love that the book doesn I received a preview copy of this beautiful book. This wonderful book provides kids and grownups the opportunity to take a trip around the world as they learn about the impact the lock down had on animals. I love the animals that were chosen for the story. I love the rich vocabulary and lovely illustrations; they are perfect for elementary aged children. This would be a wonderful addition to any school or home study about conservation and animal adaptations. I especially love that the book doesn't talk down to the child. (Picture books are not just for littles!) Picture books are for kids of all ages and this one will live in your home library for a long time!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caille

    Received a free digital advanced reader copy from Edelweiss. This was cute. I hadn't realized how many places animals had come out to during the pandemic. I loved the illustrations. My one complaint was that I was expecting this book to be set up more like a children's book. Instead there was a paragraph with text and them the next page was the illustration. I wish it had a more child friendly set up. Received a free digital advanced reader copy from Edelweiss. This was cute. I hadn't realized how many places animals had come out to during the pandemic. I loved the illustrations. My one complaint was that I was expecting this book to be set up more like a children's book. Instead there was a paragraph with text and them the next page was the illustration. I wish it had a more child friendly set up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    What can we do to save the planet? Can we just move people off-stage a bit? Author Lenora Todaro and illustrator Annika Siems take a look at twelve places during the pandemic where animals began to reemerge and thrive once humans stepped back from the animals' natural environments. It's a hopeful story. Perhaps a pandemic is not all bad. What can we do to save the planet? Can we just move people off-stage a bit? Author Lenora Todaro and illustrator Annika Siems take a look at twelve places during the pandemic where animals began to reemerge and thrive once humans stepped back from the animals' natural environments. It's a hopeful story. Perhaps a pandemic is not all bad.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    In its artful and lovely pages, the authors tell the stories of how the world is affected after the events of 2020-today. Beautiful and perfect for helping kids understand the world and their own experiences.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    this book deserves 20/10 stars. The information was so detailed and very informative. The illustrations in here are amazing and so detailed. A very beautiful piece of work

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Beautiful illustrations on a topic that is unique to the COVID pandemic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    N

    I won this adorable book during a giveaway. Don't skip the notes at the back! I won this adorable book during a giveaway. Don't skip the notes at the back!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

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    Jenny

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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    Suzanne

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