Teeth, Claws, and Jaws: Animal Weapons and Defenses


In the game of survival, these animals take a bite out of the competition. Piercing teeth, sharp claws, and powerful jaws can fight off the most daunting enemy and help catch the cleverest prey. Learn about some of nature's most fiercesome opponents.

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In the game of survival, these animals take a bite out of the competition. Piercing teeth, sharp claws, and powerful jaws can fight off the most daunting enemy and help catch the cleverest prey. Learn about some of nature's most fiercesome opponents.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
In this animal-eat-animal world, strong jaws and sharp teeth and claws can mean the difference between being the predator and being the prey. Animals who possess these menacing features range from the hyena (whose jaws are stronger than a lion's), to the pint-sized mantis shrimp (whose claws can shatter glass). Along with several other animals and insects, both the hyena and the mantis shrimp are highlighted in this installment of the "Blazers: Animal Weapons and Defenses" series. This book contains vivid graphics and up-close-and-personal photographs, some of which are rather bloody and would be more suited to readers who are at the latter end of the book's age range. However, this book is written in a simple, conversational tone, which is appropriate both for its younger intended audience and for older readers (even adults). Teachers, parents, and students alike will appreciate the "Fierce Facts," the helpful glossary and index, the "Read More" section (which lists other books of a similar subject), and the "Internet Sites" section (which supplies readers with a code that, when entered into the kid-friendly FactHound web site, provides lists of other critter-loving web sites).
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Visually compelling but cursory in content, these volumes cover the ever-popular topic of animal claws, teeth, armor, offensive capabilities, and defensive adaptations. Though students might be left with more questions than answers after reading statements such as, "The [Fieldfare] thrush's poop can damage another bird's feathers so badly that it dies," the many "Fierce Fact" text boxes in each title will give them bite-size facts to contemplate. The close-up color photos on each spread are well chosen to show the described physical features or behavior and are rarely violent or disturbing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429680127
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Animal Weapons and Defenses Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: NC780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Riehecky is a longtime writer for children. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor, and a children's book editor. Her 24 volume series Dinosaurs! won the Summit Award for Best Children's Nonfiction, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, and her Tasmanian Tiger was a Junior Library Guild selection. Janet loves to collect dinosaur bones. On a dig in western Colorado, she dug up the first bone found of a brand new dinosaur, the Mymoorapelta.
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