Cool Animal Names

Cool Animal Names

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by Dawn Cusick
     
 

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Once a child is old enough to recognize the difference between a peacock and a frog, the idea of a peacock frog is funny and intriguing. Does it look like a peacock or a frog? Does it have a tail or a beak? And what about a skunk tiger beetle? Does it have stripes like a tiger? Or worse, stink like a skunk?

Every page of COOL ANIMAL NAMES invites laughter and

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Once a child is old enough to recognize the difference between a peacock and a frog, the idea of a peacock frog is funny and intriguing. Does it look like a peacock or a frog? Does it have a tail or a beak? And what about a skunk tiger beetle? Does it have stripes like a tiger? Or worse, stink like a skunk?

Every page of COOL ANIMAL NAMES invites laughter and discovery with 256 of the most bizarre animals on the planet. Discover weird animals such as the wolf spider, panther chameleon, and ant lion, which stalk prey the way their large mammal namesakes do, or animals such as the elephant shrew and elephant fish, which were named for their trunk-like appendages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
This informational book features brightly colored photographs of unusual animals with amusing and intriguing names. The table of contents identifies the main categories (e.g. tigers, leopards, snakes, etc) and then provides short informational paragraphs about "related" namesakes, such as the Tiger-legged Monkey Frog or Tiger Pythons. Opening pages present images of commonly known animals placed in a simple equation that invites readers into the material. For example, a crocodile appears in front of a plus sign, followed by a turtle and a question mark. A short introduction encourages readers to "get your brain ready to play" (page 9). The book is organized in easy-to-digest chunks, typically featuring six or seven animals per page. The end pages feature four "Name Game" prompts meant to extend learning and inquiry, and there is an index. Newly independent readers will really enjoy the interesting display of life forms. The book has high appeal for both home and classroom use. Teachers and parents might be surprised by the unusual characters introduced, among which squirrelfish, the dog-faced puffer fish and such exotic creatures as spider conchs and bat sea stars are described. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936140398
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dawn Cusick enjoys making science education fun for both kids and adults. In addition to writing children's animal behavior books, she is a college biology instructor. She is the author of ANIMAL TONGUES and BUG BUTTS, also published by EarlyLight Books.

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Cool Animal Names 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely surprised at the original concept behind this book. I'd never seen anything like it before, and I look at a lot of children's books as a children's media coordinator. It's a "real" book, and it's a lot of fun to watch children light up when they read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look at a lot of kids' books in my job, but I've never seen anything like this before. It was nice to find something original that kids will really like. This is a *real* book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago