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Amazing Arctic Animals

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Why does an Arctic hare have tiny ears? To conserve heat! How does a walrus feel around for food on the bottom of the sea? With its whiskers! Learn cool facts about the arctic fox, the beluga whale, the snowy owl, and more in this book.

Describes the physical characteristics, adaptations, and behavior of various animals that live in the arctic, including the polar bear, arctic fox, and arctic hare.

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Overview

Why does an Arctic hare have tiny ears? To conserve heat! How does a walrus feel around for food on the bottom of the sea? With its whiskers! Learn cool facts about the arctic fox, the beluga whale, the snowy owl, and more in this book.

Describes the physical characteristics, adaptations, and behavior of various animals that live in the arctic, including the polar bear, arctic fox, and arctic hare.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Readers learn that the Arctic is one of the chilliest places on Earth, but that doesn't mean it is devoid of life. As we soon learn, during the dark winters the area does not have many inhabitants, but during the summer it teems with life. Among the hardy creatures that have adapted to Arctic winters are many that have fat or blubber that serves as insulation. Polar bears have furry coats and fat to keep them warm; muskoxen also have long, furry coats. Seals and whales have a thick layer of fat called blubber, and ptarmigans and snowy owls have feathers to keep them warm. Each section features one of these Arctic creatures and includes a factual summary noting the baby animal's name, size at birth, size as an adult, favorite foods and enemies. It is amazing to see how many times humans appear as the enemy. The sketches show the baby and grown animals and show them in action as they struggle survive. A useful book for homes, schools and libraries, however, do note that page 19 states that a full grown female polar bear weighs 30-900 pounds, which probably should read 300 to 900. The book is part of the "All Aboard Science Reader" series, Station Stop 2, reading with help. Given the amount of information in this book, it has a broader appeal than the suggested level. 2002, Grosset and Dunlap,
— Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%>0448428768
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A brief overview of "one of the chilliest places on Earth." The chapters on animals are organized by land, sea, and air, and the book culminates with a section on springtime in the Arctic. The information about each creature includes the term for its young, size at birth and full grown, food, and enemies. The polar bear, arctic fox, arctic hare, muskox, arctic wolf, ringed seal, walrus, beluga whale, ptarmigan, snowy owl, gyrfalcon, caribou, and arctic tern are all introduced. The book does not include a table of contents, index, or glossary, which makes it difficult to use for reports, but beginning readers will enjoy reading it in its entirety or browsing to identify specific animals. The open format includes a few short sentences per page and softly colored illustrations of the animals in their natural habitat. An appropriate purchase for those looking for easy-to-read animal titles or books on the far North.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448428444
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 3 Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 113,811
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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