Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer?: Think About...how everyone uses tools

Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer?: Think About...how everyone uses tools

by Harriet Ziefert, Emily Bolam
     
 


This brand new title in the Think About series explores and explains that while some animals do indeed use tools, only people have developed implements that make it possible to do things that their bodies cannot. A funny, kid-like question - "Does a woodpecker use a hammer?" - is paired with a silly scenario (a woodpecker in a tool belt), and a few facts about how… See more details below

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This brand new title in the Think About series explores and explains that while some animals do indeed use tools, only people have developed implements that make it possible to do things that their bodies cannot. A funny, kid-like question - "Does a woodpecker use a hammer?" - is paired with a silly scenario (a woodpecker in a tool belt), and a few facts about how some animals use parts of their bodies as tools. Animals that might use a stick, or rock, as a tool lead to an exploration of how people create tools to solve problems and accomplish tasks.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Illustrated with brightly colored cartoons, this book asks whether various animals can use a hammer. The answer is always no, but for each animal, there's an explanation for how it accomplishes tasks, such as a woodpecker using its bill to make holes in trees or chimps employing sticks to fish termites from their nests. The focus then shifts to how humans are the only species that can make and use advanced tools. The second half jumps around, attempting to cover a vast amount of information in only a few sentences—early man, the first farmers, the Egyptians and Romans, modern man. The information is simplified to the point of confusion; for instance, the author explains that a cow can't use a hammer because "it has hooves—not paws." The book lacks an index and sources for the facts. However, readers will find the questions appended to encourage further discussion and critical thinking useful. More helpful as a conversation starter than as an informational text.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609054281
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,454,701
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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