Animals Eating: How Animals Chomp,Chew,Slurp and Swallow

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Imagine eating only one big meal a year like an anaconda, or living on a totally liquid diet like a vampire bat! Whether their diets include plants, insects or other creatures, animals eat in some weird and fascinating ways. Kids can investigate a variety of animals, birds, insects, fish and reptiles -- from the unique tongue of the anteater to the amazing digestive system of the crocodile. Examples of carnivores, herbivores and scavengers from around the world are included. Containing lots of interesting facts, ...
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Overview

Imagine eating only one big meal a year like an anaconda, or living on a totally liquid diet like a vampire bat! Whether their diets include plants, insects or other creatures, animals eat in some weird and fascinating ways. Kids can investigate a variety of animals, birds, insects, fish and reptiles -- from the unique tongue of the anteater to the amazing digestive system of the crocodile. Examples of carnivores, herbivores and scavengers from around the world are included. Containing lots of interesting facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments, this title in the Animal Behavior series takes a resourceful approach to exploring animal life.
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Seasoned with well-chosen examples and scientific terms, this clear, non-technical study will afford plenty of food for thought.

Attractive full-color illustrations, useful diagrams, easy-to-read text, and simple topic-related projects round out an entertaining and matter-of-fact introduction to a sometimes grisly topic.

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Imagine eating a big meal and then not eating again for a year! That is what an anaconda may do. What if you caught your food with your tongue like a chameleon, or used your eyeballs to help you swallow like a toad? Discover some of the weird and wonderful ways different animals eat and drink. This book shows a simple exploration of how food chains overlap to create a food web. Try some of the experiments to discover how a bird's gizzard helps it digest seed, what it would be like to eat like a fly, and much more. Nicely illustrated, the young animal enthusiasts will treasure this volume. An index is included. 2001, Kids Can Press, $10.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
This picture book format, natural science/activity book is part of a series that includes such other titles as Animal Senses and Animals in Motion. Each chapter in this book features a different item of a specific animal's diet, a different mode of eating, different physical adaptations for eating or different sociological eating patterns among animals. It is fascinating reading. Colorful pictures accompany each chapter, as well as in-depth information about the highlighted animals. Activities are included for the readers to try to gain more first-hand information about the featured eating topic. The pictures, information presented and activities are so inviting and introduce so much new information in a user-friendly manner that readers of all ages and purposes will find something of interest and delight. A table of contents and an index are included to help information seekers efficiently find what they need. 2001, Kids Can Press, $10.95 and $4.95. Ages 7 up. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
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Gr 3-5-A fascinating look at carnivores, herbivores, predators, and scavengers. Hickman provides an overview of the anatomy and special adaptations for eating and digestion, as well as specialized diets, of a wide variety of creatures. There are two-page chapters on food chains, tongues, teeth, jaw design, gizzards, ruminant stomachs, and spotlights on specific animals and their unique eating habits. Attractive full-color illustrations, useful diagrams, easy-to-read text, and simple topic-related projects round out an entertaining and matter-of-fact introduction to a sometimes grisly topic. Joyce Altman's Lunch at the Zoo: What Animals Eat and Why (Holt, 2001) offers more in-depth information about diets of specific animals.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 1-55074-579-4 Another child-friendly nature book from the team that offered Animals in Motion (2000), this one has added bite. With no graphic violence, but a deliciously close attention to toothy detail, Stephens paints oversized, in-your-face views of a gaping crocodile, a python swallowing an entire deer, a lamprey's stuff-of-nightmare mouth, and other creature features that will rivet browsers-of the human sort, anyway. Hickman contributes notes and diagrams on the various kinds of teeth, jaws, beaks, tongues, and baleen sported by herbivores, carnivores, and carrion-eaters, adding a look at diverse strategies for taking in nourishment and water. Directions for low-tech demonstrations will help children understand food webs, how a frog's tongue works, a housefly's decidedly icky eating habits and like topics. Seasoned with well-chosen examples and scientific terms, this clear, non-technical study will afford plenty of food for thought-though the lack of a book or Web site list will give readers hoping for leads to further information a bone to pick with the author. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550745795
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Animal Behavior Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela is an award-winning author of over 35 non-fiction nature books for children, including The Kids Canadian Nature Series, My First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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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