Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?: And Other Questions about Animals

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Information you probably heard and wondered about for years may be answered in this interesting book. Seventeen animals are discussed and answers to these questions have been researched scientifically. Questions are answered with a "yes," "no," or "further research is needed." Questions are those often asked, but answers have been hard to come by. Appropriate and attractive pictures accompany the discussion of each animal. Questions such as, "Are Sharks Really Blood Thirsty Killers?" receives a "yes" or "no" answer with a brief explanation. The facing page gives additional information to answer the question. The accompanying pictures further clarify the answer to the question. There are five books in the "Is That a Fact?" series which answers questions on different subjects in each volume. Readers will find the glossary, bibliography, further reading section, and the index extremely helpful. The series is packed full of topics that make reading fun and educational. Elementary and middle school libraries have many requests for these books for curious minds. The attractive and sturdy binding was manufactured in the United States. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
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Gr 4–6—These books feature popular sayings and beliefs. One spread discusses each entry and a conclusion is reached—the saying is true, untrue, or nobody knows. Apple examines assertions that chicken soup cures the common cold and that going outside with wet hair causes illness. Bromides discussed in Gum include whether a penny on the track can derail a train, and whether a chemical in swimming pools can detect urine. Dog focuses on beliefs pertaining to animals, such as the idea that camels store water in their humps and cats always land on their feet. Donovan's writings are humorous and straightforward, and the books' photos and drawings add to the humorous tone. These titles are similar to the books in Heinemann's "Body Matters" series and will be definite crowd pleasers, especially among reference buffs (the students who would check out the encyclopedias if they could).—Katie Cerasale-Messina, AC Whelan Elementary School, Revere, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822590835
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Is That a Fact? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 961,306
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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