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The Secret Life of the Skunk
By (author): Laurence Pringle Illustrated by: Kate Garchinsky
9781629798776 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Nocturnal Aug 13, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 9.31 x 9.38 x 0.37 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROU Boyd Mills Press Boyds Mills Press
Discover the secret behaviors of a notoriously stinky mammal—the skunk—by following a family as the kits grow from infancy to adulthood.

The celebrated Secret Life series continues with a determined mother skunk and her five kits. Young readers will learn about their hidden lives as the skunk kits grow and explore their world, escape predators, and hunt for food. Renowned science author Laurence Pringle provides a story of family and survival packed with science terminology, depictions of skunk behavior, and information about skunks’ habitats, diets, and sounds. And Kate Garchinsky’s stunning illustrations invite readers to get closer than they ever could in reality to these skunks’ secret lives.

Story Locale: The striped skunk can be found throughout North America, from Northern Mexico, the 48 U.S. states, and Southern Canada.

Series Overview: The Secret Life is a beautifully illustrated series of narrative nonfiction books, offering an illuminating look into the little-known daily lives of high-interest animals, including their behaviors, habitats, and diets.

PERFECT STEM TITLE FOR CLASSROOMS: Here is a great choice for science units on animals, animal behavior, and conservation.

AN EVERYDAY ANIMAL, UNCOVERED: Many kids see skunks often, but probably don’t know anything about how they really live.

UNIQUE APPROACH TO SCIENCE: This nonfiction book offers beautiful illustrations in place of photographs and a captivating narrative rather than lists of facts, a markedly different approach from most nonfiction animal books for children.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Laurence Pringle’s books have strong sales records and receive excellent reviews.

ROBUST BACK MATTER: Includes “More About Skunks,” a glossary, and further resources.

Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children and teenagers, including the Strange and Wonderful series and the Secret Life series, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies.

Kate Garchinsky was born and raised just upstream of John Heinz National 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. Visit

Author Residence: West Nyack, New York

Kate Garchinsky was born and raised just upstream of John Heinz National 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. Visit

Illustrator Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Maligned and malodorous…but oh, so interesting. Skunks may not be everyone’s favorites, but they are fascinating. The smoothly written, gentle narrative explores the life of a family from birth in early spring to the kits’ independence in late fall. Sweet—really: Animal lovers will find much to appreciate here, and report writers are well served.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Packed with interesting facts and beautiful digital illustrations, this nonfiction book will entice early readers and student researchers alike. Back matter includes more information about skunks as well as a glossary and a list of additional resources. Young readers will enjoy the lyrical text and warm illustrations…”—School Library Journal 

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