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

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 ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554510474
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,454,536
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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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