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From pygmy shrews to bandicoots, this book will remind you it's not just Dr. Seuss who created strange and wonderful creatures! Is a Camel a Mammal? discusses myriad mammals in the entertaining rhythms that made Seuss famous. While the Cat in the Hat is the central narrator of this fact-filled tale, count on Thing One and Thing Two for supplying the actions that accompany such tidbits as "Their hair can be soft, like the fur of a kitten, or the wool from a lamb that you knit from a mitten." While the author forced some of the rhymes, the book still makes a great starting place for early readers with a serious interest in unusual animals. A sure hit for post-zoo story time. (Preschool to early reader) --Jill Lightner

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-These books aim to introduce beginning readers to basic concepts in an entertaining manner. The author employs familiar characters from Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat" titles to present information showing the diverse range of birds and mammals. The manic parade of rhyming facts, however, is confusing and contrived. Fine Feathered Friends is annoyingly superficial. In Is a Camel a Mammal?, a number of examples prove that mammals come in all sizes, live in many types of environments, and have various eating habits. Two basic facts, however, are mentioned in the glossary but not in the text: that mammal babies feed on their mothers' milk, and that they have backbones. In both books, the cartoon illustrations fail to distinguish among the many creatures. Series such as "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" (HarperCollins), "Read and Wonder" (Candlewick), and Jim Arnosky's "Crinkleroot" books (S & S) are all better choices.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0720 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; May 2011 edition (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679873023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679873020
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tish Rabe (pronounced "Robby") is a best-selling children's book author who has written over 160 children's books including The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a series of non-fiction Dr. Seuss science books, which have sold over 4 million copies. A new television series based on these books, "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That" airs daily on PBS Kids (http://www.pbskids.org/catinthehat).

Ms. Rabe also created her own original character "The I Believe Bunny" for Thomas Nelson (www.ibelievebunny.com) a series of gentle, inspirational stories featuring beautiful watercolor illustrations, which won the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Best Picture Book in 2010.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My children, ages 5 and 3, and I love this Dr. Seuss style educational book. It is filled with lots of facts about mammals and distinguishs between mammals and non-mammals. The beginning of the book tells the reader that mammals breathe air, are warm to the touch and grow hair. The rest of the book illustrates these three characteristics. I particularily liked the page which shows that mammals can live in different types of environments, "Mammals live on cold mountains and hot, burning sand, down deep in the oceans or out on dry land." The ending is delightful as the child learns that she is a mammal, too. Finally, I enjoyed this book because it included a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading on the subject of mammals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Benjamin on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What makes something a mammal? Mammary glands, for starters - that's where the name comes from. How is it that this book manages to make it from beginning to end without mentioning that all mammals nurse their young? I can only speculate that there is some lurking puritanical fear that any mention of lactation is inappropriate for children. I'd say this is boneheaded, but bones need calcium, and we get calcium from milk, which comes from ... mammals. My kid loves this series, and we love reading her science that is pitched at a level a three year old can understand, and discussing the points that are raised. However, we read this book to her and scratch our heads wondering where the mammal part is. Would it have been too hard to have a page saying something like, "All mammals make milk, that's what their young eat. From mama, milk brings strength, to paws, flippers, and feet"? This is a cowardly book that does a disservice to its young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Spinden on February 8, 2009
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my 6 year old son loves this series. i read to my son every night before going to sleep. he chooses the book. since we started on getting books in this series, they are a frequent choice. we have several and will get the rest. it is a fun, easy way to teach some basic ideas.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JudiAU on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mammals share four traits: they have a spine, they have a few bones in their ears, and they nurse their young. This lame book mentions spine and hair. It doesn't mention that they nurse their young AT ALL. The only mention is in the apendix where they mention it in the actual definition. This is unacceptable. Does the author think nursing is dirty? What POSSIBLE reason could they have for ignorning a core trait of mammals. MAMMMALS NURSE THEIR YOUNG.

My almost four year old really likes these books and so we read them grudgingly. The content is so-so and Trish Rabe generally is the better author.
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By Molly on March 5, 2013
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My children love this book (along with the rest of the learning library books). You can't help but smile when you see your children learning, and in such a fun way!
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By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2008
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What a wonderful way to learn the definition of a mammal! Fun reading in itself, it is also packed with helpful information.
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By J. DeLong on March 30, 2010
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This is a good book that teaches about what animals are mammals. Also it's done in the fun rhyming like the Cat in the Hat.
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