Hide and Seek: Nature's Best Vanishing Acts

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First you see them, then you don't!

In habitats around the world, animals rely on clever ways to hide in plain sight. They camouflage themselves in unique ways to avoid danger or to keep undercover while hunting.
Vivid color photographs take readers from one ecosystem to the next, searching high and low for animals using the best tricks of the trade to survive. Blink and you might miss these crafty creatures ...

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Overview

First you see them, then you don't!

In habitats around the world, animals rely on clever ways to hide in plain sight. They camouflage themselves in unique ways to avoid danger or to keep undercover while hunting.
Vivid color photographs take readers from one ecosystem to the next, searching high and low for animals using the best tricks of the trade to survive. Blink and you might miss these crafty creatures using camouflage to either outwit or outhunt one another.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
Animals around the world and across many habitats use camouflage to hide themselves from predators. Giraffes in the savanna, candy crabs in the sea, grasshoppers in the desert, seal pups in the arctic, tigers in the forest, and jackrabbits in the mountains are just some of the varied animals that rely on the coloration of their skin for safety. In this book, dramatic photographs show how difficult it can be to see camouflaged animals hiding in plain sight. Notes at the end of the book will help you find animals you might have missed hiding in the photographs. The notes also pinpoint where in the world the photos were taken and give further information about the animals pictured, including each animal's Latin name. Large, bold-face type and simple text make this an accessible choice for younger elementary children. The layout of the book is not particularly special, but the amazing photographs make up for the lack of jazzy editorial features. Reviewer: Gwen Vanderhage
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5- In a book about animal camouflage, photos are key, and Jecan's colorful, crisp, and beautifully composed nature shots-taken all over the world-do a fine job of showing how various creatures adapt to their environments. The book is divided by habitat (savanna/grasslands, sea, desert, etc.); each page features a photo of a particular species along with a brief description. Well-known critters like the sea otter are included, as are lesser-known species like the ruddy turnstone. While some of the photos require a hard look to find the hidden animal, this is no "Where's Waldo" (for example, a three-toed sloth hangs from a tree in plain view); however, all of the pictures clearly highlight the use of camouflage (the sloth's hair is tinted green by algae, which helps it blend in with its rain forest home). The text provides useful information but follows no clear pattern for choice of content. The author's style is not particularly fluid, and occasionally slips into unnecessary slang: "Mom is off scoring lunch." In "The Back Story," each photo is repeated in a smaller version with the creature circled in red. Photo locations and additional animal facts are provided. An enjoyable offering for browsers, this title will whet appetites for learning more about the individual species.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

Kirkus Reviews
Photographs of living creatures in their natural environment illustrate this introduction to animal camouflage around the world. Organized by habitats-savannah, sea, desert, arctic, forest and mountains-a short introduction accompanies a picture of each kind of area followed by three or four illustrations and one-paragraph descriptions of particular species who live in that habitat around the world. The range is wide: from antelope in Yellowstone National Park to crabs in Papua New Guinea, desert adders in Namibia to tiger-herons in Venezuela. Each introductory photograph includes an unidentified animal, described later in "the back story," which includes more about each of the 28 species, the Latin name and the locations where the photographs were taken. Pictures on the front cover, title page and verso are not identified. Without page numbers, the backmatter is less helpful to the reader intrigued by the detection game. Careless species identification and editing, and the lack of table of contents or index make this no more than an intriguing collection of pictures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802796905
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 983,733
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.11 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREA HELMAN has worked in print and broadcast media as a writer and producer. She is the author of several wildlife books for children, including O is for Orca and, 1-2-3 Moose. This is her third collaboration with Gavriel Jecan. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

GAVRIEL JECAN's interest in nature and photography began as a child in the mountains of Romania. He settled in the U.S. after escaping Communist Romania and started his professional career working with Art Wolfe. He has been traveling the world ever since, and his photographs appear regularly in National Geographic and International Wildlife. He splits his time between in Seattle, Washington, and Thailand. Visit his Web site at www.gavrieljecanphotography.com

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