Animals at Work: How Animals Build, Dig, Fish and Trap

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Did you know that termites build towers as tall as houses? Or that ogre-faced spiders throw net traps over their prey? Whether it's to gather food, build shelter or attract a mate, animals work in unexpected ways. Kids can try activities that demonstrate some surprising animal skills, like blowing bubbles the way a spittlebug does to hide itself from predators. Or mastering the half hitch and running knots that the weaverbird ties (with its feet!) when it builds a nest. Using concise language and realistic ...
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Overview

Did you know that termites build towers as tall as houses? Or that ogre-faced spiders throw net traps over their prey? Whether it's to gather food, build shelter or attract a mate, animals work in unexpected ways. Kids can try activities that demonstrate some surprising animal skills, like blowing bubbles the way a spittlebug does to hide itself from predators. Or mastering the half hitch and running knots that the weaverbird ties (with its feet!) when it builds a nest. Using concise language and realistic illustrations, this title in the Animal Behavior series takes a resourceful approach to exploring animal life.
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Editorial Reviews

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? budding naturalists will be fascinated by the array of nests and burrows, traps and courting stages, tricks and tools.
Children's Literature
Animals need to work to survive. But what kind of work does an animal do? Young readers will discover what it is like to build like a bee, fish like a heron, drink like a chimp, and much more. Readers will discover that honeybees get wax from a slit in their belly and use it to build amazing hives. Why do honeybees build the cells of their hives in the shape of a hexagon? A hands-on activity helps explain why using a hexagon shape is the most efficient way to build a hive. Several such experiments are included throughout the book to help demonstrate the animal skills in concrete ways. The text is clear and easy to read, and the animals are realistically illustrated in life-like colors. A useful resource for anyone teaching elementary school science. 2001, Kids Can Press, $10.95 and $5.95. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer:Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Seven chapters focus on the survival techniques of several animals, ranging from the common honeybee to the yellowhead jawfish, briefly discussing their shelters, methods of gathering food, or mating rituals. Kaner piques readers' curiosity with catchy section headings and by asking questions. Each of the chapters includes at least one related activity requiring readily available materials. "All in knots," for example, illustrates how to tie three different knots used by the weaverbird when it builds a nest. A piece of rope is all that is needed. Large print, a pleasing layout, and complementary watercolor illustrations create a visually appealing book. A fun matching game and a challenging quiz are included. Kaner's book lacks the depth necessary for assignments, but will be enjoyed by young animal lovers.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With dozens of specific examples (unfortunately, more than Stephens actually depicts), Kaner (Animal Defenses, not reviewed, etc.) shows how animals, mostly smaller ones, "work"-building housing, gathering and storing food, attracting a mate, and protecting their young. Starting with a comparison between human and animal for each function, she then gathers animals in groups to compare further. Painted illustrations bring many of the creatures, from honeybee and nursery web spider to weaverbird and otter, into eye-catching close-up. Kaner adds boxed summaries, plus simple quizzes and demonstrations to her easy-reading discourse. It's standard assignment fare, but budding naturalists will be fascinated by the array of nests and burrows, traps and courting stages, tricks and tools. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550746754
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Animal Behavior Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,387,393
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Etta Kaner is an elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Pat Stephens, mother, animal lover and artist, lives in a crowded house in Durham, Ontario. She has illustrated over 20 animal - related books for children.

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