Animal Disguises

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You'll love learning about these amazing animals...once you find them!

For some animals it pays to be brightly colored and highly noticeable, especially if it frightens away a predator. However, some animals prefer a different approach: hiding in plain sight.

This reader provides a basic introduction to animals that use camouflage. It shows how many animals--in the air, on land, or under the sea--use their camouflage to either evade their ...

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Overview


You'll love learning about these amazing animals...once you find them!

For some animals it pays to be brightly colored and highly noticeable, especially if it frightens away a predator. However, some animals prefer a different approach: hiding in plain sight.

This reader provides a basic introduction to animals that use camouflage. It shows how many animals--in the air, on land, or under the sea--use their camouflage to either evade their enemies or hunt their prey. Whether they're blending in with their environment or looking like another animal altogether, their survival depends entirely on how well they can play hide-and-seek.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The term may be a bit misleading since for animals these disguises are often camouflage based on natural coloring or an animal's ability to modify its color. Arctic hares' fur changes from brown to white to protect it in the winter and back to brown in summer to help it blend in with the brownish earth. Barn owls, frogs, sting rays and lions also have coloration that lets them blend in with their surroundings. Other animals can look like plants or inanimate objects. The walking stick looks like a twig, the Malaysian orchid looks like an attractive flower, pygmy seahorses blend in with the coral and sea dragons look just like fronds of seaweed or kelp. The cuttlefish is in some ways like an octopus but instead of squirting ink to create a smoke screen to allow escape, these creatures are filled with colored ink that let them imitate their surroundings. The decorator crab is one of the more interesting creatures as it attaches bits and bobs of other sea creatures to its body as a disguise and also as a transport service for some of these other creatures. Interesting and filled with excellent photographs this book could be read by all ages even though it is labeled an early reader. A Level 2 book in the "Scholastic reader" series, rated as NC920 Lexile with 741 words. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545317634
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 793,312
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Emma Ryan is a children's book writer and editor living in New York City.
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