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Supernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals

Supernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals

by John Downer

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ESP—do animals have it? Bees and snakes see differently from us. Sharks are sensitive to the temperature that their prey emits, although when their mouths are open they can't see in front of them. From the fish that has a built-in light that not only allows it to see its prey but attracts that prey, to the lizard whose tail has built-in fracture points so it can be discarded when it's under attack, to the African acacia tree that, when its leaves are bitten off, emits a bitter-tasting tannin from the remaining leaves, there exist phenomena that are totally unbelievable. This fascinating book explores all these topics and more, and it explains everything clearly, in a straightforward, captivating, readable style. The photographs are astounding. Details like the hair on a spider's legs are completely visible when the spider's head is as big as the reader's hand. Opposite the spider is a picture of an elephant trumpeting, taken from under the elephant's head. We see only the open mouth, the tusks, and the raised trunk. Two pages later, on pp. 38-39, there seems to be a problem with the photo. The sidebar says hippos, but the picture looks suspiciously like turtles—huge turtles, but not hippos. Maybe it will be corrected for the next printing. One other problem concerns the layout. There are sidebars on most pages, whether those pages are text or photographs, and these sidebars are uniformly a dark blue, purple, or green; the black typeface becomes very difficult to read. And we want to read it all. This is a terrific book. Highly recommended. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Sterling, 192p,illus, index 25cm, $17.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Judith H. Silverman; Chevy Chase, MD January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)

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