Provides an introduction to animal ears, and explains how they work, and how different animals use them.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftEach of the "Looking at Animal Parts" set of Capstone's "Pebble Plus" collection focuses attention on a specific animal attributeeyes, noses, teeth, feet, feathers or, in this case, ears. The wide format, large print, and simple sentences opposite color photographs make the books suitable for young animal lovers who are also beginning readers. Each volume is divided into three sections: the first explains a bit about the function of a specific body part, the next offers close-ups of adaptations on various animals, while the last shows one "awesome" example. Though the publisher states that these books "support national science standards," they seem designed more to "help below-level readers access text," since the creatures shown are often not identified; for example, in this volume neither the leaf-nosed bat nor the fennec fox is specifically named. (Some budding scientists are sure to ask; alert teachers might use this deficiency to introduce research.) Ears pictured in detail vary from furry folded-back jackrabbit ears to a gorilla's surprisingly tiny ones and the alertly-tuned pointed ears of a deer; the last page, "Awesome Animal Ears," shows a huge, magnificent African elephant, which unfortunately is not identified, either. The truly striking photos, however, make these books great for browsing and for homing in on the many fascinating variations of the same body part among different species. Students will be able to observe and discuss differences in colors, shapes, textures, and patterns, making the illustrations inspiring for art projects as well.
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