Animal Aha!: Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science

Animal Aha!: Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science

by Diane Swanson
     
 

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Animals do some extraordinary things, but not always while people are watching. When patient and persistent scientists do make a discovery, it can change how we think about animals and ourselves.

Animal Aha! highlights a number of magnificent moments in animal science. Meet Alex, a chatterbox parrot who learned not just to mimic speech, but to

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Overview

Animals do some extraordinary things, but not always while people are watching. When patient and persistent scientists do make a discovery, it can change how we think about animals and ourselves.

Animal Aha! highlights a number of magnificent moments in animal science. Meet Alex, a chatterbox parrot who learned not just to mimic speech, but to communicate by talking. Alex's education is already helping some speech-delayed children learn to speak. Visit a California lab where scientists study snacking snakes. After eating, a python's heart becomes 40% larger than normal. By finding out how, scientists hope to help strengthen human hearts too.

Explore all these exciting discoveries:

  • Cockroaches that learn best at night
  • Dolphins that do basic math
  • Elephants that recognize their reflections
  • Gorillas that use tools
  • Each profile includes fun facts about the featured creature, thoughts from the scientists who made each discovery and amazing photographs of the animals in action. Animal Aha! will forever change your ideas of animals and how we learn from them.

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    Editorial Reviews

    Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
    Diane Swanson brings a factual, informative style to this book about the research some are undertaking with specific animals. For a reader who is interested in animals of various sorts, from gorillas to dolphins to cockroaches, this book will be a hit. The sections are independent and focus on current research underway to discover the intelligence of a specific species: Gorillas seen using tools; Elephants and their reflection; Dolphins doing math; a Parrot who can distinguish shapes and colors; a Python with a really big heart; and cockroaches who learn best in the dark. The books format is simple and easy: there are fun facts about the species as the narration starts; the story of the research and its findings is written in a very easy style; and the end includes more interesting facts about the animal species. This could be a great starting point for any budding zoologist or biologist who wants to explore the world of animal intelligence. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
    School Library Journal
    Gr 4–6—An olio of "AHA!" moments in natural science. Who knew that a Burmese python's heart enlarges to aid in digestion? Or that a parrot might comprehend human language and be able to use it creatively? Such are the tidbits in this browsable book. "Fun Facts" and "Fast Facts" boxes abound, and a color photo pops up on almost every page. With a lively text, this interesting pastiche will be enjoyed by kids pawing through the classroom library seeking an engaging nonfiction read.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781554511648
    Publisher:
    Annick Press, Limited
    Publication date:
    02/01/2009
    Pages:
    48
    Product dimensions:
    7.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
    Age Range:
    7 - 9 Years

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