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It's Moving Day!

by (author) Pamela Hickman

illustrated by Geraldo Valério

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2008
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


Tucked away beneath a big tree on the edge of a field lies a home --- a small burrow --- for many. In every season, a different creature makes its home here and then moves on, making room for the next occupant.

After a long winter's sleep, the woodchuck relocates to another burrow, but its former home is not left vacant for long. A cottontail rabbit raises her family there. After the kits have all hopped away, a salamander takes refuge in the same safe place.

Through this engaging and informative introduction to woodland animals in their habitats, young readers will delight in learning about natural science as it is integrated into an inviting picture book.

About the authors

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His many highly acclaimed books include My Book of Birds (described in Booklist as “striking and beautiful”); At the Pond (two starred reviews); Friends (one starred review); Blue Rider (two starred reviews); Turn On the Night (three starred reviews) and The Egg (two starred reviews). His work has been published in many countries, including Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto.


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  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner, Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

A lively introduction to woodland animals ...

Books for Growing Minds

... sweet and engaging book ... it is sure to comfort little ones ...

The Chronicle Herald

... an appealing and educational introduction ... [the] content is rich and abounding in natural drama ... acrylic illustrations ... are vibrant and filled with energy.

Canadian Children's Book News

Valerio's acrylic illustrations jump off the page ... He uses naturalistic swathes of color to portray the seasons and the animals, excellently conveying birth, renewal and the passage of time --- indeed, the vivid and kinetic paintings are the real standout.

Kirkus Reviews

... The illustrations are distinctive and engaging ... a calming book to read to a young child who is nervous about moving ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Librarian Reviews

It’s Moving Day

What do you suppose can be found lurking in a woodlot burrow? It’s Moving Day explores the ebb and flow of a subterranean den and the variety of woodland animals who seek its shelter over the changing seasons.

The initial resident is a hibernating woodchuck who eventually decides to leave the safety of the burrow in order to locate a summer home. These premises, however, are not left vacant for long. A cottontail rabbit moves in and makes it the perfect place in which to raise her kits. After their departure, in crawls a yellowspotted salamander who finds it just the right abode for passing the winter. Subsequent tenants run the course of raccoons, milk snakes, chipmunks and skunks. Many seasons pass, and the story reaches full circle with the residency of a second woodchuck, perhaps a descendant of the original occupant.

Pamela Hickman has written an appealing and educational introduction to woodland animals. Her words may be few but their content is rich and abounding in gentle, natural drama. Young readers will become acquainted with the behaviour and life cycles of the inhabitants of this dwelling. Further information is added in a brief but helpful biography about each creature. Geraldo Valerio’s acrylic illustrations of the woodland scenes are vibrant and filled with energy. There is an element of amusement as each page harbours a clue as to whom the burrow’s next resident might be. As one peruses these illustrations, one senses the ongoing juxtaposition of innocence and survival.

This charming publication will surely pique the interest of budding young naturalists. It’s Moving Day proves that, as often in the world of real estate — above or below ground, location is everything

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

It’s Moving Day

Through this engaging and informative introduction to woodland animals, youngsters encounter eight residents of a single burrow through the changing seasons. Vibrant and cheerful acrylic artwork accompanies the story. Facts on behaviour and life cycles of featured animals are included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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