Salamander Dance Children's Book Review

yellow spotted salamander facts

Salamander Dance is a great and fun way to introduce your children to nature. We picked this book up last year at a local nature reserve Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

We read it to our youngest grandson Tyler over and over again. He just can't seem to get enough of it, he learns something new every time we read it, I also learned some things reading Salamander Dance.

The book is well-illustrated and well-written. Teaching us the life cycle of the spotted salamander. 

From the time they leave their woodland homes and travel to the early springtime vernal pools. This is where they perform their annual Salamander Dance at the bottom of the pools.

Vernal pools fill with water from the melting snow and the early spring rains and then dry up in the summer. 

Within three days the females lay their eggs attaching them to twigs and branches at to bottom of the pools. Young salamanders are born with gills so they can breathe underwater.

When spring moves into summer the vernal pools begin to dry up. The young salamanders lose their gills and grow lungs so they can breathe on land. They can now leave the dried-up pools and find their woodland homes.

spotted salamander fun facts

Almost every page has spotted salamander pictures in their natural habitat.

I learned so much from this book. And, I highly recommend Salamander Dance for the kids.

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About the Author:

Salamander Dance was written by David FitzSimmons. He is a freelance writer and photographer. And, has written award-winning children's books about Curious Critters. His books have sold over 100,000 copies:

The Illustrator is Michael DiGiorgio who is nationally recognized as a nature artist.

More Children's books from David FitzSimmons


  1. great review, Sam.

    1. Thank you so much Brenda. Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Love children's books that teach kids about the world and its wildlife. This book about the salamander looks like just one of a group of wildlife books for children by David FitzSimmons. I'll bet my 4-year-old grandson would enjoy this line of books. Thanks for the introduction, Sam.

  3. Yes, this author has a line of wildlife and nature books. Tyler just loves this one. Thanks Pat :)

  4. That sounds like a really cute book to share with youngsters while teaching them things about nature and wildlife at the same time.

  5. Sounds like a book my granddaughter would like.

    1. Thanks, Dianne, This book was a wonderful learning experience for our grandson. Thanks for stopping by.


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