Animals in Motion: How Animals Swim, Jump, Slither and Glide

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Meet a fish that flies, a frog that climbs trees and a bird that flies backward! Whether it's to escape danger, seek shelter or look for food, animals move in many amazing ways. This title in the Animal Behavior series contains facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments to show kids how animals walk, run, glide, fly, slither and jump. With stunning, realistic illustrations, Animals in Motion is an innovative approach to understanding animal life.
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Overview

Meet a fish that flies, a frog that climbs trees and a bird that flies backward! Whether it's to escape danger, seek shelter or look for food, animals move in many amazing ways. This title in the Animal Behavior series contains facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments to show kids how animals walk, run, glide, fly, slither and jump. With stunning, realistic illustrations, Animals in Motion is an innovative approach to understanding animal life.
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Editorial Reviews

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A colorful and effective introduction to animal locomotion.
From the Publisher
A splendid look at animal adaptation for movement.

Children curious about the natural world will find much to satisfy them ... The lively text is nicely complemented by attractive, realistic drawings.

A colorful and effective introduction to animal locomotion.

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This book gives information on a variety of animals and how they move from place to place. As each animal is described, the reader is informed as to what attributes he/she would need to be like that animal. Various experiments illustrate the points of flight, size of feet, floating on water, and measuring jumps. I personally learned several interesting facts and was totally amazed by the distance a springtail insect can jump compared to its body size. I have to find out if they live in my area and then watch for them. In general, the reader gains an appreciation for wildlife and the way that they cope with their environment. 2000, Kids Can Press, Ages 6 to 10, $10.95 and $5.95. Reviewer: Barbara Youngblood
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Gr 2-5-Children curious about the natural world will find much to satisfy them in this look at animal movement. The chapters are organized according to method of locomotion ("Swimmers and floaters," "Hoppers and jumpers," "Runners and walkers," etc.). There's a lot of information to be found here, but what gives this book a different twist is that it encourages kids to think about the ways animals move and compare them to their own means of locomotion. Most chapters include an experiment designed to provide more insight. For example, one of them gives instructions for making a device that imitates the movements of the Australian Sugar Glider, a flying-squirrel-like creature. Another gives readers a formula they can use to measure their jumping ability against that of other creatures by determining the number of body lengths covered. This approach is a great help in clarifying the concepts and it provides a lot of fun, too. The lively text is nicely complemented by attractive, realistic drawings. While this title wouldn't be a first choice for research purposes, it's a great selection for browsers.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Nature writer Pamela Hickman (My First Look at Nature series) provides a closer look at the special anatomical features that help animals run, walk, swim, and fly. She frequently compares human inventions and animal adaptations; for example: `People use parachutes to fall more slowly through the air. Many animals, such as flying squirrels, lemurs, lizards and frogs, have built in parachutes.` Hickman then explains the special features of the sugar gliders (flying squirrels) lizards, frogs, and flying fish that help them glide, and steer. She also provides a brief experiment, `Make a Sugar Glider,` so the reader can see for himself how adding a plastic flap to a Popsicle stick frame (like the sugar glider's folds of skin) helps the model fall more slowly. A careful observer of animals, she describes four different ways snakes slither, how a walrus uses his tusks like ice picks to move along on ice packs, how a Jacana (bird) walks on water, and how the penguin uses his wings to fly underwater. Full color illustrations on every page engage the viewer. Some, drawn much larger than life are startling, like the inchlong land snail, drawn plattersized. Others, like a magnified view of the hairs on the legs of a water strider, or the spiny scales on the edge of the toes of a fringed lizard that help it run on loose desert sands, extend the readers understanding. The author does not include information on the size, range, or scientific name of animals included. The author and illustrator do provide a splendid look at animal adaptation for movement. (index) (Nonfiction, 812)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550745757
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • 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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