Apes and Monkeys [Science Kids Series]
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Apes and Monkeys [Science Kids Series]

by Barbara Taylor
     
 

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The world of science has never been so accessible to young readers! Science Kids books offer a learning experience that kids, parents, and teachers are sure to love. The lively and engaging text explains the basic principles of favorite science subjects. Illustrations and stunning photography zoom in on interesting details, and fun projects encourage further

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The world of science has never been so accessible to young readers! Science Kids books offer a learning experience that kids, parents, and teachers are sure to love. The lively and engaging text explains the basic principles of favorite science subjects. Illustrations and stunning photography zoom in on interesting details, and fun projects encourage further learning.

Explore the world of our closest animal relatives. Learn about the lives of these amazing creatures and the things they do, from swinging through the treetops to using tools and chattering to one another.

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Children's Literature
Beginning with a double page spread defining an ape, the book proceeds to explore gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, and gibbons as wild apes. Monkeys are covered in the second half (over 130 species) with following pages helping readers to separate monkeys from apes. Along the way, the text explains getting food, staying healthy, useful anatomy such as rump pads, prehensile tales, fur type, thumb-and-finger hand, and so forth. While the photographs are varied and clear, they often miss the chance to educate readers further: a prehensile tale is mentioned and defined on a page in which no tails are visible, let alone in use as "tails that can grip tightly." While text begins with "You are one!" (an ape), no human-ape comparison picture is evident. The text organization does not help readers differentiate among sets and subsets, family and specie. But that aside, Taylor does a very good job of conveying the diversity and amazing features this group uses to get around, eat, protect, communicate, and survive. One touching photo shows an orphaned baby orangutan clinging to a worker's leg as he pours water on it to cool it off. Three projects are offered: a clever monkey chain; termite towers from which a child removes an M&M "termite" by suction with a straw; and a flat monkey mask which, perhaps, clever readers can make more three-dimensional with a little paper manipulation. An index is included in this useful and informative entry in the "Kingfisher Young Knowledge" series. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 11.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753461631
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Series:
Science Kids Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Barbara Taylor is the author of more than a hundred informational books forchildren. Barbara has won numerous awards, including the American Association of Physics Science Writing Award and the Geographical Association Gold Award.

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