Written by Katy Farber
Illustrated by Meg Sodano
Every spring in the eastern region of the United States, warmer nights with steady rain bring the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. These crossings are magical, and secretive--most people don't even know they happen. Salamander Sky features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. This dramatic, full-color, picture book introduces readers to the elusive spotted salamanders and the perilous nighttime journeythey take each spring. Amphibians worldwide desperately need protection. This book is a valuable tool for getting children engaged in conservation.
targets many of the Next Generation Science Standards for elementary school students, including life cycles, wetland habitats, diversity, adaptations and human impact
communicates a strong conservation message
geared toward preschool through elementary school aged students
models firsthand exploration and investigation in nature
addresses human impact on the environment and encourages active participation
provides a resource for science teachers, environmental educators and parents
to introduce inquiry to students
inspires engagement and curiosity
focuses on a vulnerable and often unnoticed species of amphibians that inhabits
much of the Eastern United States
embraces diversity and promotes women in science
All purchases support the Catskill Interpretive Center, a program of the Catskill Center nonprofit organization which has been working to protect the Catskills since 1969.