DiscoverThe Lerner PodcastAuthor Interview: Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal
Author Interview: Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal

Author Interview: Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal

Update: 2020-08-13
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Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Today we chat with Play Like an Animal author Maria Gianferrari about how playing benefits animals and what inspires her to create books. 

“An inviting choice for animal-lovers.”Booklist

“A lively addition to the animal shelf.”Kirkus Reviews

“A fun way for children to realize that animals play just like them.”School Library Journal

Click below to see three spreads from the book:
Spread 1
Spread 2
Spread 3

Here is a link to the video we discussed, of zoo animals playing in the snow, as well as a recent article Maria shared, where researchers taught rats to play hide & seek.

Connect with Maria on Instagram, Facebook, or her website where you can also learn about all her other books. Be sure to check out the free STEM cards she created while you’re there!

A link to a transcript of this episode is available here

 

Music credits

"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

 

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Author Interview: Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal

Author Interview: Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal

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