Monday, August 18, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: Amazing Things Animals Do by Marilyn Baillie, illustrated by Romi Caron

Amazing Things Animals Do by Marilyn Baillie, illustrated by Romi Caron

All four titles in the award-winning series, Amazing Things Animals Do, are now available under one cover with the same name, giving young readers an encyclopedia of fascinating facts about animals.

The book is divided into four sections:
  1. Side by Side: Animals Who Help Each Other
  2. Little Wonders: Animal Babies and Their Families
  3. Time to Eat: Animals Who Hide and Save Their Food
  4. Wild Talk: How Animals Talk to Each Other
Each section features 13 full-color spreads, presenting information about animals around the world.

For example,
  • Baby sea otters are born in the ocean and live in kelp beds
  • Some female cuckoo birds lay eggs in other birds' nest, leaving others to raise and nurture her young
  • Ring-tailed lemurs claim their territories by leaving a smelly scent
  • Elephants communicate long-distance using deep rumbling sounds that human ears can't hear

In addition to Romi Caron's captivating and realistic watercolor illustrations, a small photograph of the featured animal is on most spreads.

Image courtesy Maple Tree Press

In the back of the book is a "Who's Who" guide giving more information about the animals and their habitats.

This would make an excellent choice for kids who are interested in animals, and would also make a great resource for science teachers, especially when covering species and habitats. Because Ms. Baillie does not overwhelm the reader with content, this would make a perfect choice for reluctant readers.

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More information about the book:
  • Reading level: Ages 5-8
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897066864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897066867
  • Source of book: Review copy from publisher

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