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Amazing Animals: The Remarkable Things That Creatures Do

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Did you know that the oldest insect lived more than 350 million years ago? That’s more than 100 million years before the dinosaurs! Did you know that a slug has three noses, an octopus has three hearts, and that an earthworm has no eyes, no nose, no ears, and no lungs, but it has five hearts?

By compiling facts that astound her and whet her own curiosity, Margriet Ruurs encourages young readers to observe the natural world around them and to ...

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Overview

Did you know that the oldest insect lived more than 350 million years ago? That’s more than 100 million years before the dinosaurs! Did you know that a slug has three noses, an octopus has three hearts, and that an earthworm has no eyes, no nose, no ears, and no lungs, but it has five hearts?

By compiling facts that astound her and whet her own curiosity, Margriet Ruurs encourages young readers to observe the natural world around them and to share her sense of wonder and respect for it.

With stunning art and bright, brief text, Amazing Animals is a perfect introduction to a host of creatures – many of them endangered. Margriet Ruurs’ books, including A Mountain Alphabet, When We Go Camping, and In My Backyard are always irresistible invitations to marvel at the animals with which we share the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hancock and Ruurs use subjects like reproduction, migration, navigation, hunting, and defense to organize the diverse subjects in their introduction to animal behavior. A discussion on home building features the North American beaver, "an architect and engineer," while a section about diet includes profiles of the giant tortoise (which devours the unpopular prickly pear cactus) and the coconut crab, with its coconut-cracking pincers. Though only a few lines are devoted to each animal, the detailed paintings and surprising details should captivate readers for whom an ideal Saturday would be spent touring a natural history museum. Ages 6–9. (Mar.)
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PRAISE FOR AMAZING ANIMALS:
“…beautifully rendered acrylic paintings…. It is an eclectic collection … it’s a good fit for those young nonfiction readers who enjoy absorbing bizarre facts.”
—Booklist

“…the detailed paintings and surprising details should captivate readers for whom an ideal Saturday would be spent touring a natural history museum.”
—Publishers Weekly

“An attractive compendium of critter facts, accompanied by…stellar acrylic paintings…. This book has great eye appeal for young browsers, and the olio of factoids may prompt further investigations by curious kids.”
—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR IN MY BACKYARD:
“… A necessary library purchase, this is also sure to find a home on budding artists’ and young naturalists’ bookshelves.”
– Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR WHEN WE GO CAMPING:
“A dreamy, poetic text and rich, detailed paintings celebrates the pure wilderness….”
School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR WILD BABIES:
“Exceptionally lifelike wildlife paintings will draw young nature lovers to this attractive book… [A] high-quality book well worth purchasing.”
Booklist

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The paintings by the award winning wildlife artist provide excellent complements to the brief text, and helps to introduce the remarkable things that creatures do. The "Introduction" page asks questions such as "What's the largest animal on Earth?" and "Which bird is the fastest?" to immediately engage the reader. A "Glossary" defines the scientific terms. The addition of a "Contents" page would have shown the scope of the information. An "Index" would have helped the navigation through the text. The facts about some of the animals will amaze the reader. Examples include: a slug has three noses; an octopus has three hearts; and while an earthworm has no eyes, no nose, no ears, and no lungs, it does have five hearts! It's also hard to imagine how the black bear sleeps in a den for up to 100 days without eating or drinking. Young readers like to read about the unusual, and this book provides these kinds of facts which will pique their interest. This science book encourages young readers to observe and respect the natural world around them. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—An attractive compendium of critter facts, accompanied by some small, stellar acrylic paintings. Covering such topics as "Size and Strength" and "Diet," snippets of text inform readers that an octopus "has a toothed tongue to drill holes in stuff" and "fig wasps have a symbiotic relationship with gif trees." What readers are not told is that there are many kinds of birds of paradise besides the one pictured, each with its own courting behaviors, and that not all female fireflies are femme fatales luring unsuspecting males to entree status on the menu. This book has great eye appeal for young browsers, and the olio of factoids may prompt further investigations by curious kids.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769733
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,052,516
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGRIET RUURS is the author of numerous books for children, including Wild Babies and A Mountain Alphabet. She has a Masters Degree in Education and has spent many years both writing books for children and teaching children about books. She has also spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the mountains and traveling. Margriet Ruurs has lived across North America and now makes her home in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

Born in Timmins, Ontario, celebrated Canadian artist W. ALLAN HANCOCK has had a fascination with the natural world from his childhood days. Hancock’s artwork has been selected for numerous fundraising projects for conservation purposes. Among these honors, Allan’s artwork has been featured twice on the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. He is also the youngest artist ever selected as Artist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Allan’s artwork can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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