Children, when reading this marvelously illustrated book, will quickly learn that the reason mammals are found almost everywhere is because they have fur. They will learn how fur (or hair) grows, its uses, coloration and shadings, and the differing protection fur offers the wearer, animal or human. Index.
Gr 3-6-An intimate look at the functions, peculiarities, and beauty of mammals' coats. Through many outstanding full-color photos and a lively text, readers learn about the kinds of hair that make up most mammals' fur, how sea mammals keep warm even in cold water, and why animals' skins come in different colors and patterns. As she did in Feathers (Cobblehill, 1992), Patent has answered most of the questions children ask.-Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
Brief and to the point, the text discusses the many forms of fur and their contributions to the success of mammals, whether for warmth, camouflage, or weaponry (e.g., the rhinoceros horn and the porcupine quill). Simple and clear, the full-color photographs extend the text and add greatly to the book's appeal. This, like many other books by Patent and Munoz, will be useful in the classroom and appealing to children. A fine addition to science collections.