Hyena: Who's Laughing?

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Hee-hee-hee! A hyena runs across a grassy plain with a meaty bone in its mouth. As it does, it makes noises that sound like laughter. The hyena isn't making these sounds because something is funny,however.Instead, it is letting out a nervous "giggle" because it is being chased by another hyena that wants to take its food away.

Look inside to learn more about this furry, four-legged noisemaker.You'll find out where hyenas live, what they eat, and how they communicate with one ...

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Overview

Hee-hee-hee! A hyena runs across a grassy plain with a meaty bone in its mouth. As it does, it makes noises that sound like laughter. The hyena isn't making these sounds because something is funny,however.Instead, it is letting out a nervous "giggle" because it is being chased by another hyena that wants to take its food away.

Look inside to learn more about this furry, four-legged noisemaker.You'll find out where hyenas live, what they eat, and how they communicate with one another-including the whoops, groans,whines, and giggles they let out to say "Hi," "Come on over," "Step aside," or "Back off!"

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
High-pitched, strange noises and loud giggles; whoops, whines, growls and groans. These are just some of the more than fourteen different sounds hyenas make. Although they resemble a dog, hyenas are not related to wolves, foxes, coyotes or any other kind of wild dog. Instead, they are closely related to mongooses. These and many other facts about this four-legged noisemaker are presented as part of the "Animal Loudmouths" series. Other noisy animal titles include coyotes, hippos, howler monkeys, humpback whales and mockingbirds. Each animal's story is told in accurate and informative language. Using large, full color photos and grade appropriate text for emerging readers, the series is an excellent introduction to nonfiction reading. Learn where hyenas live, what they eat and how they communicate. Additional features include a table of contents, habitat maps, fact boxes, picture glossary, index and additional reading resources as well as online resources available through the publisher's website. A "Sound Check" describes the purpose of the sounds made by hyenas. Find out if the whooping sound of the hyena means "hi" or "back off" and what hyena whining and groaning sounds mean. This is an excellent resource for classroom use or student research projects. It's quite probable readers of all ages will be introduced to a new fact or two regarding these loudmouths, the most common large meat-eater on the African grasslands. A book and series worth checking out. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617722783
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Animal Loudmouths: Noisy Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A Strange Laugh 4

Not So Funny 6

"Laughing" Hyenas 8

Group Living 10

Hunting and Whooping 12

Looking for Leftovers 14

Noisy Meals 16

Keeping Cubs Safe 18

Listening Closely 20

Sound Check 22

Glossary 23

Index 24

Read More 24

Learn More Online 24

About the Author 24

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