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Animal Behavior

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Explained here are actions and instincts of animals of various species, including humans. Young readers learn about parent-child relationships, behavior differences between predators and prey, territorial instincts, roles of males and females, and how social organization differs among species.

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Overview

Explained here are actions and instincts of animals of various species, including humans. Young readers learn about parent-child relationships, behavior differences between predators and prey, territorial instincts, roles of males and females, and how social organization differs among species.

These volumes in the handsomely designed series for older children chronicles human achievement in our own and other cultures. Subjects include the arts, the sciences, medicine, technology, and social history. The books are heavily illustrated with full-color photos and drawings. The wealth of information contained in Bravo books makes them valuable companions to classroom textbooks, as well as enjoyable individual reading experiences for growing young minds. (Ages 11 and older)

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This little book on animal behavior is chock-full of fascinating facts and colorful illustrations—more of a picture book than a resource text. It's the sort of book to enjoy flipping through with a friend while waiting for an orthodontic appointment or during the brief "sustained silent reading" time at school. Here's a startling picture of the gruesome-looking female deep-sea angler, with a tiny parasitic male attached to her side, absorbing nutrients from her. There's an article on why we yawn and smile and how certain body language means different things in different cultures. The book has an interesting article on instinct and ends with another on altruism, with plenty of thought-provoking topics, from animal alarm signals to zebra behavior—all organized within a helpful index—in between. Unfortunately some of the pictures seem mislabeled—a "skunk" that looks much more like a ferret, a "robin" that isn't—perhaps as a result of this being a translation from the original Italian. Also, there is a questionable tendency to anthropomorphize, as in a description of "parent" Verreaux eagles who "do not intervene" when a large chick pecks a smaller one to death "because in this way at least one fledgling is assured of surviving." It may be that the translation implies a degree of animal intentionality that the original did not. In any case, anyone who has ever wondered why animals—including humans—act as they do will enjoy a look at this book. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Barron's, 123p, 20cm, 99-64799, $8.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Gloria Levine; FreelanceEducation Writer, Potomac, MD, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764109522
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Ethology 4
The Two Extremes of Behavior 16
The Evolution of Behavior 26
To Everything There Is a Season ... 36
Males and Females 44
Parents and Offspring 56
Prey and Predators 66
No Place Like Home 78
Social Behavior 94
Altruism 108
Index 120
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