Color-Changing Animals

Color-Changing Animals

by Valerie Yaw
     
 

Do some animals really have the power to transform their appearance? The surprising answer is yes. Look inside to find out about gray tree frogs, seahorses, mimic octopuses, and other quick-change artists that turn different colors in order to stay safe, hunt for food, and even express their mood.See more details below

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Do some animals really have the power to transform their appearance? The surprising answer is yes. Look inside to find out about gray tree frogs, seahorses, mimic octopuses, and other quick-change artists that turn different colors in order to stay safe, hunt for food, and even express their mood.

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Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Eight animals are looked at in this introduction to camouflage: gray tree frogs, snowshoe hares, cuttlefish, mimic octopuses, golden tortoise beetles, chameleons, seahorses, and goldenrod crab spiders. Some animals can change their color quickly—the cuttlefish takes less than a second—while others do it gradually—the snowshoe hare grows white fur every winter to keep it hidden in the snow, then changes to brown in the summer for hiding on the forest floor. The mechanics of exactly how the animals change their color is discussed, as well as the reasons for doing so (mostly for hiding from predators). This is an interesting look at a fascinating subject, with plenty of color photographs. Backmatter includes a glossary, index, and bibliography. From the "Animals with Super Powers" series. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—Large color photos of animals in natural settings and clear, cogent presentations of information combine to boost this series well above the average for both assignments and casual browsing. Along with covering such uncommon topics as bioluminescence and transparency, the volumes offer introductions to creatures beyond the usual suspects. Glow-in-the-Dark Animals features not only fireflies, glowworms, and anglerfish, but also South American railroad worms and cucujo beetles, and Electric Animals includes the platypus and great white sharks, which both have electroreceptors. Though the closing resource lists include both old entries and ones that are not age-appropriate, these titles will strengthen animal collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617721229
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2011
Series:
Animals with Super Powers Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
IG1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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