Up Close: Headgear That Hides and Plays

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Caps, hats, helmets, and hoods—they keep you warm, or cool, or dry. They can stop sunlight from getting in your eyes or protect your skull from injury. And, lots of animals have their own special form of headgear, too! From the two scaly horns that help African adders find food to the feathers kingfishers use to communicate, see just what dozens of creatures do with their manes, crests, and other head-topping adornments. Some, like elks, need their antlers to fight. Others, including decorator crabs, adorn ...
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Overview

Caps, hats, helmets, and hoods—they keep you warm, or cool, or dry. They can stop sunlight from getting in your eyes or protect your skull from injury. And, lots of animals have their own special form of headgear, too! From the two scaly horns that help African adders find food to the feathers kingfishers use to communicate, see just what dozens of creatures do with their manes, crests, and other head-topping adornments. Some, like elks, need their antlers to fight. Others, including decorator crabs, adorn themselves in a homemade headdress that blends with their surroundings and keeps them safe. And, of course, just like us, animals wear hats to look pretty and for play! 8 1/2 X 10. All in Color

Author Biography: Victoria, BC

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In two additions to the Up Close series by Diane Swanson, would-be scientists get a gander at various animals' heads and epidermis. Headgear That Hides and Plays covers everything from birds to fish to musk ox, explaining how their heads' structure help them to compete, feed, court and defend themselves. Skin That Slimes and Scares offers the same format, from the armored skin of the African rhinoceros to the poison-packed needles on the back of a red lionfish. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 3-5-These titles loosely link a variety of animals by their unique head or skin coverings. To introduce the concepts, the value and uses of humans' skin and skull as well as man-made protective coverings are briefly discussed. Swanson then deftly draws readers into a less familiar world where each anatomical feature is shown to be a survival adaptation, used for protection or procreation. In each book, the creatures are highlighted with full-page photographs or decorative computerized images. Small insets pair animals with others that exhibit similar behaviors or features. However, the full-color, close-up photographs are of uneven clarity. The red octopus in Skin is hard to see because the picture is too dark, but the strips of dead skin on the moose's antlers in the same title are vivid. In both books, the casual, conversational texts are well organized but superficial.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550548198
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Up Close Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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