Modern magicians may be able to make doves vanish up sleeves and rabbits appear inside top hats, but the animal kingdom has been performing such seemingly magical feats for millennia. Take, for example, the courageous bittern, which points its vulnerable neck and chest toward predators, because it is camouflaged in only those areas. There is also the harmless scarlet king snake, which plays copycat (or copysnake) to a poisonous snake: The scarlet king snake's body is striped in bands of color (black, red, black, then yellow), like the coral snake's, although the coral snake's bands are in a different order. Along with several other animals and insects, both the bittern and the scarlet king snake are highlighted in this installment of the "Blazers: Animal Weapons and Defenses" series. This book contains vivid photographs and graphics and is written in a simple, conversational tone, which is appropriate both for its intended audience and for older readers (even adults). Teachers, parents, and students alike will appreciate the "Fierce Facts," the helpful glossary and index, the "Read More" section (which lists other books of a similar subject), and the "Internet Sites" section (which supplies readers with a code that, when entered into the kid-friendly FactHound web site, provides lists of other critter-loving web sites).
Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Janet Riehecky is a longtime writer for children. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor, and a children's book editor. Her 24 volume series Dinosaurs! won the Summit Award for Best Children's Nonfiction, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, and her Tasmanian Tiger was a Junior Library Guild selection. Janet loves to collect dinosaur bones. On a dig in western Colorado, she dug up the first bone found of a brand new dinosaur, the Mymoorapelta.