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And the Winner Is ...: Amazing Animal Athletes Hardcover – April 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554539048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554539048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using a fictional setting, talking animals, humorous text, and cartoon illustrations, Kaner and Anderson combine forces to create a unique and engaging compendium of animal facts. The book is arranged as if we are watching the World Animal Games, and readers will enjoy guessing which animal will win each contest. Each event is announced (weight lifting, swimming, long jump, etc.), and text boxes give brief facts about the various animal competitors. Once given the facts, kids are encouraged to guess the winner, which is revealed on the following page along with the human record for the same event. The book includes a world map for locating the habitat of each animal, but adults will need to fill in some information about the animal kingdom at large and the differences between mammals, birds, insects, fish, and amphibians. Whereas most animal books for this age group focus on one particular animal or habitat, this is a good introduction to a broader range and the unusual strengths and abilities that come with it. Grades K-3. --J. B. Petty

About the Author

Etta Kaner is an elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Cartoonist and illustrator David Anderson has written and illustrated two children's books of his own. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Format: Hardcover
Such a great idea for a kids' book! It's a sort of "who would win between a..." kind of thing. Do you have those conversations in your house? No? Just me? Well anyway, it's set up like an Animal Olympics, with competitions for weight lifting, speed, high jump, etc., and you can guess who will win each one. Then there's a comparison with how fast/high/far the average human go, so you can see how we stack up against monkeys, cheetahs and fleas.

Now if only we could get animals to compete like this for real...No wait, that sounds like I'm suggesting some sort of weird, cruel circus in which animals are forced to race or lift weights or something. I just mean that it would be cool if we could get animals to WANT to participate in an Animal Olympics. But those fleas just don't have any athletic spirit.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has a series of Olympic-style events at the World Animal Games (WAG, of course), each featuring four very diverse animals. There is a little box of info about each contestant, commentary by a walrus and a cockatoo, and a frame with on-looker animals making dumb, juvenile, jokes that should hit the spot with the intended age group. The winner is often a surprise, but in many cases the result is judged in relation to contestant size, not raw performance.

Each event teaches something about the winning animal. There is also a comparison with how well a human could do in the event, which is never very well. I think this book really nails it in balancing facts vs fun.

I see this title as best for a four to six year old, or maybe to coax a slightly older but reluctant reader into a book using action and dumb jokes as lures.

I received an advance copy for review from the publisher, but will be ordering a copy for a niece in the intended age range.
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