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Children's LiteratureAnimals are indeed amazing creatures and this book provides evidence of some of their more uncommon characteristics. Interesting facts pertaining to the eating habits, communication methods, and defense mechanisms of various animals is examined. For example, in the chapter titled "Side by Side: Animals Who Help Each Other," there is an entry on the little finch birds that help the Galapagos tortoise by eating the annoying ticks that land on its shell. Each page contains about two to three paragraphs. The illustrations are very realistic and quite appealing. There is a smaller photograph of each animal on every page and that same photograph appears in the "Who's Who" directory in the back. Although the "Who's Who" provides slightly more information, this directory is not in alphabetical order and there is not an index or glossary. This book is very entertaining, however, considering its lack of an appendix, one would have to question its educational merit. 2003, Maple Tree Press, Ages 5 to 8.
— Denise Daley