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Children's Nonfiction Zoology

Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?

How Animals Keep Warm

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by John Martz

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Zoology, General, Biology, Seasons
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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A best-selling and fun, factual, interactive exploration of how animals keep warm in cold weather, for ages 4 to 8


When winter arrives, animals living in cold environments need to cope to survive. Do polar bears build homes? Do penguins snuggle with a friend? Yes! But their homes aren’t made of wood, and they don’t cuddle on a couch. Instead, these animals and many more have adapted in amazing ways to survive chilly weather.

Whether it’s whales layering up with plenty of blubber, turtles burrowing into the mud to snooze and wait for spring, or emperor penguins coming together in a giant huddle, this book is full of fascinating tidbits about animal behavior in winter.


Written in a question-and-answer format, this interactive nonfiction book encourages kids to predict the answers and shout them out. Playful phrasing and comic illustrations make the content engaging for readers, who will gain newfound STEM knowledge of adaptations in nature. Don't miss the companion book, Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream?, about adaptations to hot weather.


About the authors


ETTA KANER est une ex-enseignante. De nos jours, elle écrit principalement des documentaires pour les enfants et les éducateurs. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été primés; elle a notamment remporté le Silver Birch Award, le Animal Behavior Society Award et le Science in Society Book Award. Etta vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Etta Kaner's profile page


John Martz est un bédéiste et un illustrateur. Publié en 2016, son roman illustré A Cat Named Tim et Other Stories a été en lice pour l’obtention du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général et mis en nomination pour le Prix Eisner dans la catégorie de la meilleure publication pour les lecteurs débutants. Il habite lui aussi à Toronto, en Ontario.


John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, Ontario. His 2016 graphic novel for children, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers.


John Martz's profile page


  • Winner, 2018 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Awards
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens - STARRED SELECTION

Editorial Reviews

"This book is recommended mostly for younger students, but it could be used with older students to spark their interest in animal habitats and how they survive the cold weather. A good choice for both library and classroom use."

School Library Connection

"This book is highly focused on adaptation. It also addresses the importance of makes reading and learning fun."

Canadian Review of Materials

“This would make a lovely read aloud to a group of younger children…or a research tool for any younger child with an interest in animals.”

Resource Links

“The information is appropriate for a young child, and will add to their knowledge base while also encouraging them to look further concerning those animals that are unfamiliar.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"The simple text is the perfect length for a read-aloud and would pair well with winter-themed storytimes."

School Library Journal

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