Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals On The Move In A Time Of Pandemic (Hardcover)
Sea Lions in the Parking Lot by Lenora Todaro and illustrated by Annika Siems looks directly at what has happened in many different ecologies while humans have been in lock-down. With the usual traffic paused, there’s a rare opening in the universe for the non-humans to verge into cityscapes that they normally try to avoid. The images by Annika Siems of deer on the escalators of Japanese subways or wild boars frolicking in a city fountain in Israel are stunning. The twelve true, eye-opening stories bring to mind the delicate balance of coexistence on this Earth.
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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 a Japanese subway to lions lounging in the middle of South African roads to kangaroos who bounced through a shopping district in 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.
Winner of the Global Illustration Award of Excellence in book illustration and a White Raven Award, Annika Siems holds a Master of Science illustration; her inspiration is based on nature and her work has been shown at exhibitions around the world. This is her debut children's book. Visit https://www.annikasiems.com/.
A 2022 Green Earth Book Award Short List Nominee
A 2022 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
"In years to come, these will surely be some of the few joyous tales told about the pandemic . . . This moment in time is gloriously brought to life on the page with brief descriptions and stunning, double-page illustrations of animals — playing, exploring and napping in peace — that will resonate with young readers....[Sea Lions in the Parking Lot] stands as an important reminder that things were different for a while, and guides readers toward deeper environmental thinking, about species and habitats and the interdependence of it all." — Helen Scales, New York Times
“Captivating…. A must-have for all science and social studies collections at all grade levels.” —School Library Connections, highly recommended
"Intriguing take on the pandemic." — Horn Book
“Fascinating... an eye-opening book and makes you wonder how humans can continue to stay away from animals’ natural habitats.” —Charnaie Gordon, @hereweeread
"Thought provoking. Boasting beautiful illustrations.... a remarkable look at habitat loss and how wildlife can rebound if humans are more thoughtful of environmental issues." — Kendal Rautzhan, Books To Borrow, Books To Buy, syndicated column
“A beautiful tribute to the animal kingdom….a testament to how much people stand in nature’s way, and everyone — including the animals — can use a little room to breathe." — The Book Wrangler
"The art is haunting and a great testament to the fact that a picture is worth a thousand words…..The text in Sea Lions In The Parking Lot is smart and loaded with adjectives, similes, animal facts, and a big overview of their life....impressive." — Daddy Mojo
“An amazingly timely and stunning account of how animals were impacted by the Pandemic. As educators we strive to encourage our students to become Global Citizens and this book points them in the right direction! If you are a teacher who covers Climate Change, Human Impact , Biomes, or Animal Habitats, this book is a great resource to enhance your unit!” —Sasha Swift, Science Teacher, Arts & Letters 305 United, Brooklyn, NY
“Reminds us that we share this planet with other creatures, and makes us think about how we can make sure they have safe places to live and raise their families.” — Archimedes Notebook
"Timely, fascinating and informative! Sea Lions in the Parking Lot will make children laugh, wonder, and most importantly, see the interconnectedness between human life and wildlife. The short vignettes and beautiful illustrations make this book accessible to children of all ages. It lends itself perfectly to facilitating lively elementary classroom discussions about the pandemic, animal habitats and conservationism." —Rebecca McMurdie, Principal, KIPP Washington Heights Elementary School, New York, NY
"If you're looking for a book with wide appeal and broad curricular connections, look no further than Sea Lions in the Parking Lot! I teach grades K-5 and I try to incorporate the Global Goals into as many lessons as I can. I see this book fitting into several of those categories—Life on Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action, to name a few—making for a strong way to tie in a global focus and STEM themes." —Laura Luker, MLS, Library Teacher, Massachusetts School Library Association President
"Delightful .... Todaro playfully captures some of the serious problems of coexistence between humans and wild animals." —Dr. Matthias-Claudio Loretto, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior