Skunks

Overview

The stinky way skunks defend themselves is just one of 14 topics in this clearly written book. Kids find out why skunks are black and white, where they live, how they raise their young, how they hunt and much more. The easy-to-read text and accurate, detailed illustrations of the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series provide a perfect learning resource for young children and satisfy their curiosity about these often misunderstood animals. Did you know? *As a final warning, a spotted skunk will stand on its front paws ...
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Overview

The stinky way skunks defend themselves is just one of 14 topics in this clearly written book. Kids find out why skunks are black and white, where they live, how they raise their young, how they hunt and much more. The easy-to-read text and accurate, detailed illustrations of the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series provide a perfect learning resource for young children and satisfy their curiosity about these often misunderstood animals. Did you know? *As a final warning, a spotted skunk will stand on its front paws before spraying. *Some skunks will eat snakes -- even poisonous ones! *Newborn skunks, or kits, are so small that you could fit two in the palm of your hand. *Skunks help people by eating animals that can be pests, such as rats and mice.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Mason has provided readers with an accurate, fun-to-read look at this sometimes misunderstood animal ? a well-organized addition.

The story line is clear and concise ? the illustrations are extremely well done and accurate.

Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
The black and white mammal with the well-known odor that is this engaging book's subject may not be most parents' notion of an ideal object to attract children to reading. However, try telling that to this reviewer's son. The moment this book arrived at our house, he was all over it. Indeed, the day after reading it, he wondered if skunks visited our yard during the night, when, he reminded me, we had learned they are most active and looking for food. He remains fascinated by this title's skunk stories—types of skunks, where they live, how they protect themselves, how they rear their young, and of course, what is their musk scent and when do they release it. This book is perfect for young naturalists. It features excellent, realistic illustrations and several well-paced, short, chapter-like divisions of information about skunks. There is a final chapter with pictures of "skunks of the world," featuring the names of skunks and the continents where they live. There is also a useful glossary and a page called Skunk Signs, with pictures of skunk tracks and a picture of a hole in a lawn that may indicate that skunks are about. This will be an excellent resource for children to learn about these wild animals.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Focusing primarily on the four types of skunks found in North America, Mason has provided readers with an accurate, fun-to-read look at this sometimes misunderstood animal. She offers a straightforward description of the mammal's habitat, appearance, predators, diet, reproduction, and human interaction. Realistically rendered watercolor illustrations appear on every spread, and the easy-to-read text is written on a lightly colored background. Captions accompany most paintings and further support the information being presented. Colorful "skunk fact" boxes include interesting tidbits of trivia. A solid, well-organized addition.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Science Books & Film
The story line is clear and concise ? the illustrations are extremely well done and accurate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553377344
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Kids Can Press Wildlife Series
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 1,413,672
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Nancy Gray Ogle is an avid naturalist, art teacher and nature illustrator. She lives in Muskoka, Ontario.

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