Look What Tails Can Do

Look What Tails Can Do

by D. M. Souza

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
The opossum dangling from a branch on the cover by its prehensile tail sets the tone for this title. Grade two- to four-level readers will speed through chapters with headings including "Busy Tail," "One of a Kind" (the opossum tail is one of a kind since it serves as both a paw and a tail), "Poisonous Tail," and "Talking Tails." The full-color, close-up photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. Interesting scientific facts, such as a skink's (a lizard with a shiny skin) ability to escape predators by leaving their tails behind and that a white-tailed deer flips its tail up to signal "run for your life" will surprise readers and open further scientific discussion. Each chapter features two full-page photos of a particular creature and two pages of information. Peacocks, rattlesnakes, and lemurs are featured. Children will delight in learning about the ring-tailed lemurs' "stink fights" --the one with the longest-lasting stink wins. Readers' questions about the definitions of different types of tails are addressed in the "Glossary" and "Further Reading" sections. The "Websites" chapter has information on porcupines, beavers, and opossums and a "matching tails" game site. The "Index" is quite complete. This title is part of the "Look What Animals Can Do" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These colorful series titles have fun facts and sharp, clear photos. Providing plenty of examples, they show how a variety of animals (mammals, fish, birds, insects, and reptiles) use their mouths, tails, or whiskers. For example, readers learn that leeches use their mouths to suck blood and can help save lives. Skinks can escape from their predators by leaving their tails behind. Manatees use their 600 short whiskers as fingers to help them find food. Kids will be captivated by the quirky use and build of certain animals' anatomy and will also be exposed to new creatures. The excellent-quality photographs, a conversational tone, short and concise sentences, and the large-font text make these books easily accessible for young readers. Youngsters will need to look elsewhere for report fodder, but those interested in animals will be fascinated by the information provided here.-Jennifer Cogan, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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