Animal Architects

Animal Architects

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by Russell Freedman, Matthew Kalmenoff

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Holiday House, Inc.
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9 - 12 Years

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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Russell Freedman is perhaps best known today for his Newbery Medal and Honor winning photobiographies, such as those on Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers, and Marian Anderson. However, he has apparently been writing children's and youth non-fiction for some time. The back flyleaf notes that Freedman had written two previous books about animal behavior, How Animals Learn and Animal Instincts, along with 2000 Years of Space Travel, Teenagers Who Made History, and other books for young people. Animal Architects, a book on how animals, including insects, spiders, fish, birds, and mammals, build their homes has a lot of really fascinating information in it. I do like the way the author begins with a clear distinction between man and animals. "Even so, animal architects and human architects approach their tasks quite differently. A man plans ahead when he builds....Animals often have no chance at all to practice or learn before building their homes....This inborn behavior is called instinct and requires no practice or experience." However, it is somewhat of a mixed bag. Freedman did mention things which he said have been going on "for millions of years," even "before our own ancestors climbed down from the trees" or "when men were still huddling together in dark caves." Thus, he evidently does accept evolutionary theory, but as I was reading through the book and pondered some of the amazing adaptations that he describes, I kept wondering how anyone could think that all of this simply evolved! Other than the few evolutionary references, which can be easily edited out or explained scripturally, young people will find some interesting material in this book. Unfortunately, Barnes and Noble says that no new copies of this book are available. There are a couple of other books in print with the same title, one by John Nicholson, and the other, with the complete title Animal Architects: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence, by James L. Gould, which sounds like something to be avoided.