What's the Difference?: 10 Animal Look-Alikes

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What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? A frog and a toad? An alligator and a crocodile? Curious kids will enjoy discovering the differences between animals that frequently confuse us.

What's the Difference? compares ten animal pairs, from insects to mammals. While both tortoises and turtles are shelled reptiles, a tortoise has sturdy, elephant-like feet for walking on land, while a turtle swims using flippers. Cheetahs and leopards are both large, spotted cats; ...

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Overview

What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? A frog and a toad? An alligator and a crocodile? Curious kids will enjoy discovering the differences between animals that frequently confuse us.

What's the Difference? compares ten animal pairs, from insects to mammals. While both tortoises and turtles are shelled reptiles, a tortoise has sturdy, elephant-like feet for walking on land, while a turtle swims using flippers. Cheetahs and leopards are both large, spotted cats; one difference is that cheetahs have long legs and run very fast, while leopards count on their stealth to sneak up behind their prey.

Compare:

  • Bees and Wasps
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Crows and Ravens
  • Alligators and Crocodiles
  • Frogs and Toads
  • Tortoises and Turtles
  • Cheetahs and Leopards
  • Donkeys and Mules
  • Dolphins and Porpoises
  • Rabbits and Hares

Colorful, clear illustrations place the animals vividly in their natural environments, and the layout of the book places them side by side for easy comparison. What's the Difference? was developed in conjunction with the Canadian Museum of Nature. At the end of the book, a key to the animal pairs and an index for quick reference is provided.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Many animals, like identical twins, look alike but have noticeable differences. What's the Difference looks at ten animal pairs that are easily confused. Spotting the distinction between cheetahs and leopards can be especially tricky. Diehl and Plumb give us an important clue by telling us that cheetahs run much faster than leopards because they have longer legs. Crocodiles and alligators are another pair of look-similars. But their teeth are different. American crocodiles have two bottom teeth that stick out when their mouths are closed. Alligators' teeth do not protrude from closed mouths. Is it a rabbit or hare? Rabbits are usually smaller and lighter than hares. Hares have longer ears and legs, and run faster than rabbits. In the big black birds' pair—is it a raven or crow? A bird alone is probably a raven. Crows often fly in flocks. Readers learn that time of day can be a hint for distinguishing butterflies and moths. Most butterflies are active during the day and moths are active at night. Animal lovers will enjoy a chance to add some trivia to their knowledge base. In addition to the text, the book features lifelike drawings. 2000, Annick Press, $6.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Julie Steinberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550375640
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/2/2000
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 989,270
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Diehl is a freelance editor and writer of children's literature. She ran the children's book section of a large Toronto store for 14 years. Co-author David Plumb is a horticulturist. This is his first book. Judy and David live in Kendal, Ontario.

Vlasta van Kampen graduated from the Ontario College of Art and studied typography and design in Amsterdam. Vlasta has illustrated over 30 books, including My Dad Takes Care of Me (1987), Muddle Cuddle (1997) Monkey Tales (1998) and Bear Tales (1999). Van Kampen's professional work also includes poster design and illustration, cassette and CD covers, and advertising and promotional work. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

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