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Captivating photos of animals accompany simple, engaging text to explain dormancy in nature. This highly curricular book teaches young readers about different kinds of dormancy and which animals do what. Featuring creatures like ladybugs, chickadees, squirrels, and even alligators, this book won't put curious kids to sleep! ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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Marci D. I work as a school district elementary library supervisor and my libraries definitely are. It's a great book--with accurate information as you mention…moreI work as a school district elementary library supervisor and my libraries definitely are. It's a great book--with accurate information as you mentioned--that I think has great value beyond its literal content. Dormancy is not a commonly covered subject in school and I think there's an important metaphor/connection to be made in the need all creatures have to "wait, rest, pause." It is also an early selection for the Utah Beehive Award list where students and adults read and vote on their favorites for "short list" consideration. It's circulating a lot because of that and people are responding very favorably.(less)

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Monica
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lovely read! This children’s book has a nice lulling quality that is perfect for a bedtime story.

*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Kathryn
I would highly recommend this to anyone embarking on a study of dormancy with young children. It is written with engaging, slightly poetic text that is not overwhelmingly scientific or detailed but provides insight and education. For example,

"If you were a dormant tree, you would...
CHILL,
REST,
PREPARE.
In your limbs,
a sugary liquid would protect you
from freezing inside.
Tiny leaf blankets wrap around your buds.
You would pause.
[next page]
In spring...
DAYS LENGTHEN,
TEMPERATURES RISE,
YOU UNFURL!"

I ap
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Juli
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook version of Wait, Rest, Pause really needs to be paired with the picture book version. When accompanied by the pictures and text, this audiobook would be a great reading lesson for small children, as well as an awesome beginning science lesson about dormancy.

The book talks about dormancy in a wide variety of living things from plants and trees to insects and animals. This would be a great book to read to little ones in the fall and winter when they are seeing the changes in the pla
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Sharon Tyler
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature by Marcie Flinchum Atkins is a non fiction picturebook. It is full of beautiful photos of animals accompanied by text about dormancy in nature. Featuring creatures like ladybugs, chickadees, squirrels, and even alligators, this book should not put curious kids to sleep!

Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature exceeded my expectation with the images used. The photographs were absolutely wonderful, and worth looking through the book for. I was also very excited b
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Cynthia Corral
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is a rather charming book, supposedly for young readers, but I think adults would quite like it as well. I mean, who knew ladybugs lived through the winter?? Or that worms knotted themselves up in dormancy? I didn’t.

There are really interesting photographs to look at, and a lulling repetitiveness to the simple words much like Goodnight Moon. The blurb says it won’t put you to sleep, and while I agree the book will hold your attention, a young child reading this before bed could go to sleep
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Cheryl
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
A perfect book. Educational for all ages. Accessible for tots. Photos... that are even more informative and appealing than even the best paintings. Glossary/ note with even more information. Further reading bibliography that includes both books and websites. I'm giving this five stars because I do indeed believe that everyone should read it, or at least admire the beautiful pictures and design. Should be a model for other writers of non-fiction for children.

I will look for more by the author, an
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Lyndie
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple but poetic childrens book all about dormancy in nature. Full of all sorts of creatures from ladybugs to alligators. Great educational book for children and adults alike.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Stephanie
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous pictures!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed the simple, picture-book style explanations of how different animals hibernate. It did feel like a little bit of an overload of verbs at times. I liked the big, clear photos in the illustrations!
Beverly
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbnf-500
Gorgeous photos, and good info presented simply enough for little ones to understand, with fuller descriptions in the back matter.
Jason Muckley
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Wait, Rest, Pause," by Marcie Flinchum Atkins is a cute non-fiction story for kids about the winter and how plants and animals go dormant to survive during the cold months and then spring back to life as the sun returns. The book includes many beautiful pictures of trees, animals, birds and their methods of dormancy to remain alive.

There is an informative glossary for kids at the back of the book regarding the different types of dormancy that different types of plants and animals experience.

I r
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Linda
We had snow in Denver last night. It was very cold, but when I woke up, the sun was out and sparkles were everywhere. As I stood and watched for a while, two chickadees were busy at a large cottonwood in my garden. It is old with deep grooves in the bark and that is where they were, digging into the grooves -finding breakfast! I've read that they hide seeds in those grooves and return on cold winter days to eat.
I tell this story because Marcie Flinchum Atkins includes the chickadee in her book
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Tasha
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This nonfiction picture book explores hibernation and other forms of dormancy in cold weather. The book looks not only at animals, but at trees as they enter their own dormant winter period. Ladybugs gather together for warmth and pause until spring. Ground squirrels hibernate, shivering for hours to keep warm. Chickadees slow their hearts and pause on cold nights until the next day. Alligators sink into the mud. Earthworms go dormant during a drought until water returns. Then when water or warm ...more
Carolyn Combs
Brief overview: When children ask how animals and plants survive plummeting or soaring temperatures, or drought, turn to this wonderful expository literature picture book about dormancy. With clear, engaging language and vivid photographs, Marcie Atkin’s reveals how trees, mammals, and other kinds of animals handle nature’s extremes. You’ll see muddy beds, scaly crevices, and dry burrows where animals wait out harsh conditions, and you’ll learn how their bodies cope. The quiet of dormancy on one ...more
Jamie Jack
Poor Narration

Audiobook Review:
This audiobook would certainly be better appreciated as just a physical book or ebook or one of those paired with the audiobook. There aren't many words to this book, making it a little uninteresting just to listen to, but I think that seeing the pictures of these animals and their habitats would make it much more interesting. I was not a fan of the narration. For whatever reason, the narrator (or the publisher) chose to have this read so that Each. Word. Was. Very
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Margie
There comes a time when all living things need to seek stillness. For many, daily rest is required. For others, their slumber is on a seasonal cycle. It seems we humans, whose lives seem increasingly at a frantic pace, would do well to take note of the natural world around us. Our overall physical and mental health is directly related to how well we sleep when we sleep.
A pairing of stunning photographs with a rhythmic narrative gives readers an intimate look at the wonders of nature. This second
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Kaycie
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner Audiobooks for providing me with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews commenting on how beautiful the photos are and obviously since I have an audio version, I can’t comment on those. The photos would definitely have made this experience better. If you had this audio *as well as* the picture book in front of a child, it’d probably be a lot better. I found the audio to be pretty slow with nothing to look at - it made it hard
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Martha Meyer
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“For some plants and animals, slowing down is the key to survival. Marcie Flinchum Atkins' gorgeous debut picture book expertly pairs lyrical text with breathtaking photographs to bring dormancy to life. A tree, a squirrel, a chickadee, and a worm are just a few of the organisms spotlighted. By revealing their secrets to surviving snowy winters, chilly nights, and withering droughts, this amazing book invites nature-loving readers to experience the beauty of nature standing still and holding its ...more
Mandy
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Childrens non-fiction. I had heard a lot about this book, so I went in with high expectations. I absolutely love the photographs in this, with multiple photographs on very page. The text has a nice rhythm to it as well, discussing how each plant/ animal slows down on one page and then speeds up on the next page. The back matter is great, with in-depth info on various types of dormancy, way beyond the simplistic understanding that some animals hibernate. This would be great to discuss various typ ...more
Richard Ho
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For some plants and animals, slowing down is the key to survival. Marcie Flinchum Atkins' gorgeous debut picture book expertly pairs lyrical text with breathtaking photographs to bring dormancy to life. A tree, a squirrel, a chickadee, and a worm are just a few of the organisms spotlighted. By revealing their secrets to surviving snowy winters, chilly nights, and withering droughts, this amazing book invites nature-loving readers to experience the beauty of nature standing still and holding its ...more
Jenna Grodzicki
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wait, Rest, Pause is a lyrical discovery of how animals and plants survive during extreme cold or drought. While many children might know what hibernation is, this book adds to that process by introducing several kinds of dormancy. The information is presented in a relatable way for elementary aged children. The back matter includes detailed definitions of torpor, diapause, hibernation, brumation, and estivation. The gorgeous photographs paired with the lyrical text make this a must have for any ...more
Erin
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find that most nonfiction books for kids are, well, boring. Marcie Flinchum Atkins happily breaks this mold with "Wait, Rest, Pause", her children's book about dormancy in natures. With simple but informative text arranged appealing on the page, she teaches about how everything from chickadees to trees to alligators survive through the winter into spring. My favorite part was the breathtaking photos! A fun book for anyone from toddlers to preschoolers (they won't even realize how much they're ...more
Cathy Mealey
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marcie Atkins introduces the slow side of Nature's wonder - hibernation and other forms of dormancy. During periods of cold, Atkins reveals how animals, trees and even insects enter winter waiting for the warmth of spring.

Detailed photographs and a broad swath of subject matter enrich this book, highlighted by lyrical language and poetic phrases. Including definitions on types of dormancy and a bibliography for further exploration of the subject, this makes a great resources for classroom, libra
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J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wait, Rest, Pause by Marcie Flinchum Atkins is a charming little book that teaches kids about dormancy and how different animals (and plants!) handle it. The language is very poetic, and the photos are gorgeous. At the end, each type of dormancy is explained in further detail. There's also a suggested reading section. A great teaching tool for classrooms, or the perfect gift for nature-loving kids.

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Lerner Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair a
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Amy
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A simple explanation of hibernation and other states of "pausing" like torpor, plant dormancy, diapause, brumation and estivation (many of which I'd never heard of before I read the author's note at the back of the book). Nature photographs accompany the simple text, ie:

If you were a dormant ladybug, you would fatten up, pile up, stiffen up. You would swarm into a ladybug pile, sharing warmth together. You would pause. In spring you...wiggle awake, feast, flit away.

A great science book for you
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
Dormancy is another winter term and event that happens outdoors through the cold months. (It also happens during drought, but I didn't bring that up during our snowy, cold winter.) I loved the large photographs paired with each creature in the book. I also appreciated the waiting, the pausing, the stillness of winter. This book would pair well with April Pulley Sayre's books. It also can go with Jim Gill's song Can't Wait to Celebrate.

2020 Storytime theme: Hibernation

Reviewed from a library copy
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Kelly
I love books with photos. I thought what was distinct about this book was how it talked about dormancy in nature. It wasn't the usual "bears hibernate, but they actually don't, they just go into torpor." It uses different font to show what you would do. It says "If you..." and then uses an all caps font. It also has repetition which is good for this age, saying "You would pause." I like that there are multiple pictures of the same animal doing things in and out of dormancy. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such an interesting and educational book about dormancy in winter. The reader learns about the different kinds of animal dormancy through the well chosen words and gorgeous photographs. In the back is an explanation of six types of dormancy: plant dormancy; diapause; hibernation; torpor; brumation; estivation.
This book is suitable for family reading with the varied levels of information.
Stephanie Lucianovic
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a simply wonderful book. It's meditative, informative, and beautiful. I've grown into adulthood not knowing the differences between various dormancies or even which animals did what during that time. This book puts an end to my ignorance in the most lovely way. I can see every elementary school classroom and library benefiting from having multiple copies of this on hand. ...more
Rachel Chapman
I loved the concept of this book - teaching students about a particular biological concept. It is well done with high quality photos. This would be great to supplement curriculum. However, the book felt rushed and cluttered to me. I wished there were a few more pages to tell each of the vignettes. I appreciated the glossary and back matter.
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