This clever and crisply designed ``Guess-and-Learn'' concept book invites youngsters to examine the feet of several familiar animals and consider the adaptations each made to its environment. In the first of the two spreads devoted to each animal, Machotka observes that ``this foot looks like a paddle and belongs to a . . . '' and pairs it with a detailed close-up of a black webbed foot. The reader turns the page to reveal a black swan facing a brief discussion of the swan's feet on the verso page: ``This webbed foot is formed by three long toes!'' Machotka repeats this involving game with photos of a seal, rabbit, goat, cat, camel and elephant. Younger children will connect with this as a simple guessing game, while the slightly older reader will appreciate the clear, straightforward information. Ages 5-up. Mar.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Identical in format to What Do You Do at a Petting Zoo? Morrow, 1990, this informational book with a built-in guessing game examines the feet of seven types of animals. Full-page, full-color photographs stimulate curiosity and motivate readers to identify the corresponding creatures. Should the photo not provide enough of a clue, facing text adds another . . . ``A soft, padded foot that walks quietly belongs to a . . . .'' Turn the page to find the word CAT in bold print and a full view of the feline described. Not every foot will immediately be associated with a particular animal, allowing just enough suspense to challenge and hold readers' interest. Information about the forms and functions of feet for adaptation and a few general facts about the species are found in the simple narrative. Large print, clear photographs, and bright cover graphics have great visual appeal and will reach a younger audience than Anita Gustafson's Some Feet Have Noses Lothrop, 1983; o.p.. Neat feet--neat book!-- Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ