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Animals at Play: Rules of the Game
     

Animals at Play: Rules of the Game

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by Marc Bekoff
 

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Dogs chase each other and wrestle. Cats pounce and bite. These animals may look like they are fighting, but if you pay close attention- as world-renowned biologist Marc Bekoff does-you can see they are playing and learning the rules of their games. In Animals at Play, Bekoff shows us how animals behave when they play, with full-color illustrations showing animals in

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Dogs chase each other and wrestle. Cats pounce and bite. These animals may look like they are fighting, but if you pay close attention- as world-renowned biologist Marc Bekoff does-you can see they are playing and learning the rules of their games. In Animals at Play, Bekoff shows us how animals behave when they play, with full-color illustrations showing animals in action and having fun-from squirrels climbing up a tree to polar bears somersaulting in the snow.

Bekoff emphasizes how animals communicate, cooperate and learn to play fair and what happens when they break the rules. He uses lively illustrations and simple explanations of what it means when a sea lion swims with kelp in its mouth or when two dogs bow to each other. Bekoff also describes what happens when animals become too aggressive and how they apologize, forgive and learn to trust one another. This entertaining and informative book will delight every child and show readers how animals-and humans-interact when they are having fun.

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“Marc Bekoff’s ideas about fair play stress the significance of cooperation and justice, aspects of behavior desperately needed in the world today...Read this book, share it with the children in your life, and incorporate its lessons into your classroom, family room or Board room.”
—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592135530
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Animals and Ethics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Marc Bekoff is an ethologist and well-published author, who travels the world, speaking about animals and working with children.  He taught biology for 32 years at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Marc co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with Jane Goodall.  He also works closely with children as part of the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. Marc has won many awards for his scientific research.  The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award honored Marc for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. Marc has written for such magazines as Ranger Rick.  He's also appeared on Animal Planet and National Geographic Television.

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Animals at Play: Rules of the Game 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AANewman More than 1 year ago
Few kids will suspect what award-winning ethologist Marc Bekoff helped discover: animals have a moral code. Those that cheat, lie, or break the rules are shunned. In order to work their way back into the group, they must apologize. Just like humans. This revelation comes at the end of Bekoff¿s new 32-page, picture book, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game.
The rest of the book is devoted to explaining why and how animals play. Nineteen diverse species, from dogs to ravens, are discussed, and readers learn what to look for in order to tell whether they are playing or fighting. Complimenting Bekoff¿s descriptions are Michael J. DiMotta¿s whimsical, full-color illustrations of smiling critters enjoying themselves.
Animal lovers in grades 4 and up will enjoy reading about a topic relevant to their own lives. Parents and teachers can use this fresh evidence of fair play among animals to nurture a respect for all creatures, both four-legged and two.

Aline Alexander Newman
Teacher and Freelance Writer with bylines in Boy¿s Life, National Geographic Kids, Highlights for Children, and others.