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Animals That Changed the World

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by Keltie Thomas
     
 

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How animals big and small have shaped today's world.

From furry felines to hard-working horses, animals have had a tremendous impact on world history. For example, rats, through the diseases they carry, have probably killed more people than any war or natural disaster, goats may have been the first to discover coffee and, thanks to camels, people were

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How animals big and small have shaped today's world.

From furry felines to hard-working horses, animals have had a tremendous impact on world history. For example, rats, through the diseases they carry, have probably killed more people than any war or natural disaster, goats may have been the first to discover coffee and, thanks to camels, people were able to survive for long periods in the desert and open up trade routes between Europe and Asia.

However, animals can also be destructive. Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases -- and may even have killed Alexander the Great. Some animals have changed the environment by damaging whole ecosystems, creating deserts in their wake. Others, like the elephant, have been used as weapons of war.

Among the more than 20 animals featured in this book are dogs, sheep, dolphins, silk moths and beavers, all of which have changed the course of history for better or for worse. Lighthearted and humorous, with intriguing photos and informative sidebars, this book ensures that readers will appreciate all animals with newfound awe and respect.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
Sure to be a hit with children, parents, teachers and librarians with its thought-provoking questions and answers. Highly recommended.
examiner.com
This book would make a great gift and is a must for a school library.
Library Media Connection
A very clear and informative book demonstrating how some animals have affected the Earth's development and our history.... Recommended.
— Marilyn Teicher, Library Media Specialist, PS 86 Bronx, NY
Open Book Toronto
Animals have had a greater hand (or hoof or paw or fin) in shaping the world than you might think. They've led humans to great discoveries, guided them through dangers and spread devastating diseases, to name a few of their fabulous and not-so-fabulous contributions to our history. Animals That Changed the World is a fascinating book geared to kids aged nine to twelve.
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Keltie Thomas showers the reader with amazing stories and fabulous facts, dislodges myths, and deconstructs idioms.
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Chock-full of exciting, entertaining and enticing tidbits about how vital animals are to us.
wordofmousebooks.com
Chock-full of exciting, entertaining and enticing tidbits about how vital animals are to us.
Library Media Connection - Marilyn Teicher
Thomas presents a very clear and informative book demonstrating how some animals have affected the Earth's development and our history. The author links a variety of animals to historical events; for example, sheep are linked to the Industrial Revolution. The author goes back in time. Depending on the animal the explanation may go back to the caveman. Everyday expressions are also explained, such as pigeonholed, mad as a hatter and counting sheep. The colorful pages and layouts enhance the text and provide more information. There is a timeline demonstrating evolution and historical events of animals. Recommended.
Canadian Teacher
Colourful and fun-to-read, fact filled... This book would support the teaching of several reading comprehension strategies particularly well: making connections, asking questions, inferring... It also contains enough facts to be a good resource for classroom research projects.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Thomas takes a breezy, conversational look at more than 20 species—from microbes to codfish—that have impacted the Earth in extreme ways. Our practice of keeping herds of livestock has created methane gas and water demands that our planet cannot sustain. Humans may share the fate of the dinosaurs if we fail to avert the climate change brought on by some of our domestications. Animals profiled include the cat, dog, beaver, pigeon, and horse. Cross-references interweave the animals' stories, such as the fact that cats, eradicated as disguised witches during the Middle Ages, might have mitigated the effects of the Black Death. The busy format features narrow columns of text layered on color backgrounds alongside visually stimulating photographs, an occasional drawing, and "Fact Track" and "Speak of the Beast" sections, which explain the etymology of animal idioms such as "the straw that breaks the camel's back." A vignette on Darwin's contribution to the understanding of our interconnectedness is included as is a (not-to-scale) time line.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Goats and guinea pigs, sheep and silkworms, codfish and camels, rats, mosquitoes and microbes (no longer classified as animals) have changed the natural world and human culture. This occasionally sketchy survey is organized in chapters covering domesticated animals, pets, animals that encouraged trade and travel, those that spread disease, the evolution of animals into human beings, the microbes that live inside us and finally a group of "animals that spark inspiration." There's no question it will appeal to fact-loving middle graders, though some information might be questioned (the speculation that Bigfoot represents a "missing link" between humans and apes is hugely problematic, for instance). The lively design presents short paragraphs and multiple illustrations. Repeating sections include "mug shots," facts from names through claims to fame, a "speak of the beast" feature that explains common sayings and gee-whiz "animals did what?!" revelations. Unusual words are highlighted and defined in context, and there is a map and an index (useful for species but not for places). Suggestions for further reading and selected sources as well as a timeline complete the package. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554512423
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Keltie Thomas, a former editor of Owl magazine, is the author of several non-fiction books for children. She has been nominated for the Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association five times. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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