Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays: The Wacky Ways We Name Animal Groups

Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays: The Wacky Ways We Name Animal Groups

by Diane Swanson, Mariko Ando Spencer
     
 

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A madcap menagerie of animal group names.

They say that birds of a feather flock together. But who knew that bears in a group are called a sleuth? Eagle-eyed author Diane Swanson knew. In a book that's both funny and fascinating, Swanson explores 11 animals and the collective nouns that describe them.

Many terms are a perfect fit. A leap of leopards

Overview

A madcap menagerie of animal group names.

They say that birds of a feather flock together. But who knew that bears in a group are called a sleuth? Eagle-eyed author Diane Swanson knew. In a book that's both funny and fascinating, Swanson explores 11 animals and the collective nouns that describe them.

Many terms are a perfect fit. A leap of leopards certainly evokes images of these acrobatic cats. And you can't help but look up to a tower of giraffes. But would you have guessed that many pheasants make up a bouquet? Other animal groupings include:

  • An army of caterpillars
  • A pride of lions
  • A bed of clams
  • A raft of ducks
  • A gang of elk

Each playful profile reveals a term's origins and describes the behavior and characteristics of the animal.
Meanwhile, delightful illustrations capture the literal connection to each intriguing name. A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays is sure to intrigue young animal enthusiasts and budding language lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Stephanie Zvirin
Part science and part English lesson... Great for individual or classroom consumption, this makes both language and science lots of fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554510474
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 60 factual books for children, including The Wonder in Water and Turn It Loose: The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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