A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
A LITTLE BOOK OF SLOTH BY LUCY COOKE (Margaret K. McElderry, 2013)
To my eyes, sloths are utterly adorable. Having said that, they are a bit shaggy and they tend to be covered in algae in the wild so I can see that not everyone might fancy them. This book just might change your mind! Set in the Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, this book treats us to everything about sloths. Did you know there are two varieties? I didn’t. It turns out that there are 2-toed sloths and 3-toes sloths. They eat vegetation which is lovely at the sanctuary. In the wild is far less nutritious for them and contributes to what they are known best for – moving incredibly slowly. In fact, it is this inherent slowness that actually helps the algae grow on them. It’s almost as if they are standing still which is a perfect situation for algae to grow. That and the fact that they tend to live in steamy climes. Not to worry, though, because that algae serves as a terrific camouflage for them so their predator, eagles, have trouble spotting them up in trees. This book does not offer any backmatter to give us even more information and they even forgot to include the URL for the sanctuary (http://www.slothsanctuary.com/) but it will serves as a good introduction to this very interesting and most unusual characters in the animal kingdom. And the photos will make you ooh and aah over how cute these creatures actually are.