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Never Grab a Deer by the Ear

Never Grab a Deer by the Ear

by Colleen Stanley Bare

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Bare introduces beginning readers to the two native North American deer species (whitetail and mule) through a rhythmic, playful text and informative, neatly framed photographs. Her attempt to write a lively book that will provoke interest falls short, however, as many ideas are introduced in one line and then dropped. Humans are described as an enemy of deer (``humans get in their way'') without any discussion of habitat loss. It is mentioned that there are three other species in this country that are not native, but there's no explanation of how they got here. The discussion of antlers doesn't touch on age and size, and the fact that a deer's teeth may wear out in its lifetime may leave readers with a troubling, unanswered question. Unfamiliar words are italicized and defined within the text, which is a better choice for this age than a glossary. A humorous explanation of the pronunciation of ``does'' referring to female deers is misplaced under the description of fawns. The book moves from introduction to life cycle in an organized fashion but the last third, dealing with behavior, is quite haphazard. Photographs are interesting and merge well with the text although some small pictures are unclear. At first glance this is a title with lots of charm, but it ultimately fails because it underestimates the level of interest of its audience. --Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
Deborah Abbott
ger for reading aloud. Deer are one of the few wild animals children can see in their own surroundings--urban, suburban, or rural. Although it begins with a caveat ("Never grab a deer by the ear, pull a deer by the tail, or pat an antler"), the text includes many interesting facts presented in a smoothly flowing and captivating narrative. The species and locations of the deer family, physical characteristics, the differences between antlers and horns (members of the deer family are the only animals with true antlers), behavior, and annual routines are all part of the information shared here. The neatly framed color photos illustrate the text well, and smaller detailed photos heighten many of the concepts. Some (but not all) of the more difficult vocabulary words are presented in italics with pronunciation keys and context clues. In several places the text could be better arranged on the page, but generally this is an excellent choice for sharing with children at story hour as well as for using in research. A glossary would have been a helpful addition. A note at the end includes more facts.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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