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Animals with Wicked Weapons: Stingers, Barbs, and Quills


Most animals try to avoid battles with predators. But if they have to fight, some animals come armed with their own weapons. Quills, spikes, antlers, and hooves are some amzing defenses that can help an animal fight to live another day!
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Most animals try to avoid battles with predators. But if they have to fight, some animals come armed with their own weapons. Quills, spikes, antlers, and hooves are some amzing defenses that can help an animal fight to live another day!
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Etienne Vallee
In this delightful series, various strange animal traits are explored. In Animals with Crafty Camouflage, Mitchell presents animals who are experts at various methods of disappearing in their environment, from moths and owls to the octopus, arctic hare, stick insect, and gecko. A section on how humans use camouflage is also included and demonstrates how they have adapted certain animal traits to better hide. In Animals with Wicked Weapons, Mitchell looks at animals that sport exotic modes of attack and defense, from the eel's electric discharges to the rattlesnake's venomous bite, with antlers, quills, fangs, spikes, thorns, and body armor in between. The final section shows how humans have transformed some of these traits into non-lethal weapons that can be used instead of killing other humans. Mitchell designs this series to be appropriate for reluctant and low-level readers who are interested by animals and the tricks they perform. Each animal's talent is described with illustrated pictures to provide visual clues to the words. The pictures are gorgeous and have wide appeal for all readers. Finally, in addition to the print resources provided, each book contains Internet addresses that the reader can consult for more information. Other titles in this series include Animals with Awesome Armor, Animal Body-Part Regenerators, Animal Chemical Combat, and Animal Mimics. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Broader in focus than the "Gross-Out Defenses" series, this set groups animals by type of defensive (and sometimes offensive) behavior or capability. Combat, for instance, opens with a look at snakes and monarch butterflies, closes with marine ink squirters and the ever-popular hagfish, and in between recounts the unfortunate consequences of bothering such animals as stink bugs and the slow loris ("It produces a poison that smells like stinky gym socks"). The close-up photos are frequent and well chosen, and accompanied by clear, simply phrased texts, which are more detailed than average and take up most or all of the space on each page. An unusual feature is each volume's closing discussion of human equivalents, such as what spies do in Mimics, and how Kevlar works in Armor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766032927
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Amazing Animal Defenses Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,455,116
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Fight to the Finish 4

Chapter 2 Sticklers for Safety 14

Chapter 3 Hairy Little Ninjas 22

Chapter 4 Aquatic Arsenals 28

Chapter 5 Devilish defenses 36

Defense Academy for Humans 43

Glossary 46

Further Reading & Internet Addresses 47

Index 48

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