Playful as a Panda, Peaceful as a Sloth

Playful as a Panda, Peaceful as a Sloth

The Secret Powers of Animals

Saskia Lacey


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Are you a chatterbox? You might have a lot in common with dolphins. Maybe you are adventurous, like penguins. Or you love to eat and play together with your “pack” of friends, like wolves do.

All animals have powers that humans can learn from and that often show us a way we can grow. Giraffes may be the world's tallest animal, but they are very gentle; polar bears are strong but they also love to cozy up in a warm place. This creative and beautifully illustrated book will help children, ages 3 and up, discover their favorite animal and encourage them to practice fun activities inspired by the animal’s behavior. Kids can find peace with sloth yoga, waddle-race while mimicking a penguin, and design a garland to pay tribute to their animal pack. The book features 12 animals.


Saskia Lacey:

Saskia Lacey is the author and editor of over 45 titles, including picture books, chapter books, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published by the Smithsonian, TIME for Kids, Barnes & Noble, Walter Foster Jr., and Teacher Created Materials. Over the last decade, Lacey has worked as an editor, book reviewer, and arts and culture writer. She has a degree in literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. Lacey lives in Southern California with her husband, Patrick, and two silly spaniels, Lily and Wallace. You can learn more about her work at!