Follow a year in the life of Volans, a flying squirrel, as she glides in the night air to hunt for food, deftly avoids danger from a raccoon, and gives birth to three tiny pups before preparing once again for the coming winter.
Emerging at night from a cozy nest high in a tree, Volans the flying squirrel glides down. Although called a “flying” squirrel, she actually doesn’t fly—she glides using fur-covered flaps. Her instincts lead her to her hidden cache of food. She is also looking for a roomier hiding place because she is ready to give birth. When her pups are born she stays close to home, giving them milk and keeping them safe from predators until they can venture out on their own. Filled with intriguing facts and gorgeous illustrations, readers will be fascinated by the story of these remarkable rodents. This latest title in the Secret Life series has been vetted by a flying squirrel expert and includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.
About the Author
Laurence Pringle has written more than 100 books for children and teenagers, including the Strange and Wonderful series and The Secret Life of the Red Fox, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than 3 million copies.
Kate Garchinsky was born and raised just upstream of John Heinz Natural Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and received her BFA in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a focus in nature and children’s literature. She is the illustrator of several of the Secret Life books by Laurence Pringle.
“In this seventh in Pringle’s notable Secret Life series, readers follow Volans, a southern flying squirrel: gliding, foraging, finding a suitable den, raising three tiny babies, and storing food for winter. Garchinsky’s digital paintings bring this beguiling glider to life… an intriguing introduction to a nocturnal and secretive forest dweller.”—Kirkus Reviews