How Animals Work

Overview

Have you ever wondered how fish breathe underwater, how caterpillars transform into butterflies, why deer grow cumbersome antlers every year, or how snakes slither? How Animals Work explains the structures and systems of animal bodies, using photographs and diagrams to show how animals use their anatomy to move, communicate, hunt, and feed, and how their bodies enhance their chances in the struggle for survival.

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Overview

Have you ever wondered how fish breathe underwater, how caterpillars transform into butterflies, why deer grow cumbersome antlers every year, or how snakes slither? How Animals Work explains the structures and systems of animal bodies, using photographs and diagrams to show how animals use their anatomy to move, communicate, hunt, and feed, and how their bodies enhance their chances in the struggle for survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beautifully photographed encyclopedia of animals is divided into categories that include movement, diet, senses, and animal families. Striking spreads capture animals in action, such as an elephant giving itself a dust bath and a kingfisher catching a fish, while sections focused on topics like breathing and circulation provide insight into lesser-known creatures such as oxygen-diffusing sea butterflies. Diagrams showing internal organs and intimate closeups of eyes, skin, fur, and wings, should engage budding biologists. Ages 8-up. (July)
Publishers Weekly
This beautifully photographed encyclopedia of animals is divided into categories that include movement, diet, senses, and animal families. Striking spreads capture animals in action, such as an elephant giving itself a dust bath and a kingfisher catching a fish, while sections focused on topics like breathing and circulation provide insight into lesser-known creatures such as oxygen-diffusing sea butterflies. Diagrams showing internal organs and intimate closeups of eyes, skin, fur, and wings, should engage budding biologists. Ages 8–up. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—This oversize collection of amazing photographs and descriptive captions will give browsers plenty to pore over. Eight general sections covering animal forms, movements, diets, families, and more are divided into seven or eight spreads loaded with examples and details. "Senses," for instance, includes spreads on "Eyesight," "Hearing," "Seeing with sound," "Taste and smell," "Touch and motion," and "Special senses." Each spread includes an introductory paragraph, a large central photo, and a smattering of smaller photos and diagrams that provide examples of the variety within the topic. The ninth and final section begins with evolution and then presents 10 major animal groups. This section, much like a visual catalog, subdivides the groups according to a common characteristic; e.g., insects are grouped as "Partial transformers" and "transformers." Dynamic photographs show birds in flight, slugs on a slime trail (shown from below), and lizards in mid-leap. Occasional double-page photos add variety and impact. Readers will spend hours drifting from one fascinating image to the next.—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756658977
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 740,051
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages.
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