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Children's Nonfiction Zoology

Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream?

How Animals Beat the Heat

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by Jenna Piechota

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Zoology, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, General
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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A fun, factual, interactive exploration of how animals stay cool in hot weather, for ages 4 to 8
Do koalas run through sprinklers? Do ants sit in front of air conditioners? No! But in ultra-hot weather, animals and humans alike have adopted creative ways to beat the heat. From lizards that dance to keep their feet cool, to elephants that use their ears like fans, this funny and informative book reveals how animals adapt to survive warm weather.
Written in question-and-answer format and featuring playful imagery, this summery sequel to Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? encourages discussion and laughter. Questions and fun facts are paired with comical illustrations of animals trying human tactics to keep cool. Funny and accessible phrasing makes each animal adaptation easy to understand and will spark curiosity in STEM learning.

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.


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JENNA PIECHOTA is an illustrator from Thunder Bay, Ontario and this is her debut book. She started a career in science but decided that drawing animals is just as much fun as studying them! She lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog Chester. When it's hot, she loves to go swimming to keep cool.


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Editorial Reviews

"Silly questions and sensible, sometimes surprising answers show how animals cope with hot temperatures."

Kirkus Reviews

"Kids will find plenty to enjoy here, from the quirky questions to the fascinating answers to the cartoonlike drawings in this amusing picture book... Like its companion book, Kaner’s Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?, this volume delivers intriguing animal facts along with a boatload of fun."


"A fun way to teach children about interesting animal adaptations... Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream? How Animals Beat the Heat is a worthwhile book to read and may keep younger readers coming back time and time again until they memorize all of it."

Canadian Review of Materials

"It is always fun for young readers to get answers to questions they may not think to ask... Kaner provides these answers in a format that is sure to please."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Fun and inventive pictures and ideas keep the facts in this book entertaining while children learn."

Youth Services Book Review

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