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... well-illustrated with large, clear colourful drawings of animals and explicit text. The entire book is inviting. Animal Defenses is a good adjunct to a classroom unit on animal behavior. An extensive index makes it easy to find a specific animal ?
Clear, engaging prose.
I was amazed at most of the information that is provided in this well-researched book. If it intrigues an adult, it is sure to have children saying WOW! ...A great book!
Readers will learn about the toad that puffs itself up and stretches out on its hind legs and the walkingstick that curves up its abdomen and waves in the air to resemble a scorpion—examples of bluffing. Camouflage is shown by the Australian bird tawny frogmouth that sleeps in a tree all day, but is protected by its brown feathers and body shape that makes it look like a broken tree branch. The monarch butterfly/viceroy butterfly and the coral snake/king snake are presented as examples of copycats, or lookalike, another form of defense. Body structure, such as the armor found on turtles and armadillos or porcupine quills, is another defense that readers will learn about. These are only a few examples of the animals and their different defense mechanisms included in the text.
Intersperse throughout the book are "strange but true" sidebars that contain unusual facts about some animals that are sure to interest readers. The entire book is inviting. Animal Defenses is a good adjunct to a classroom unit on animal behavior. An extensive index makes it easy to find a specific animal. The only flaw in the book is its abrupt ending. A summary statement to balance the opening introduction is needed. Recommended, Grades 36. REVIEWER: MaryNalbandian (Chicago Public Schools, retired) ISBN: 1550744194