From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Two welcome additions to a prolific series designed to educate and stimulate young learners. In the first book, Branley explores magnetism and the uses and history of magnets. Several simple experiments allow for hands-on, empirical verification of concepts. The illustrations, the tone of the text, and the device of a helpful mouse add appeal to a subject that may have had a limited audience. The second title, which is complemented by Lloyd's artful renderings, examines camouflage as an animal defense. Each spread shows several creatures blended into their natural environment; all of them are accurately illustrated and clearly identified. The final pages invite readers to take a closer look at the world around them and discover hidden life. These titles are well-designed, written, and illustrated. In both books, the information is relevant and succinct. These beautiful and simple introductions to science will appeal to any child who has ever asked, "Why?"-Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5^-9. Otto says that camouflage is a kind of disguise, and Lloyd's detailed watercolor-and-ink illustrations show that disguise in action. You have to look closely to see the doe's spotted fawn crouched in the dappled thicket, the stick insect perched on a branch. Part of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, this brings biology right into your own backyard ("look closely when you go outside") as it celebrates the wonder of what nature hides and reveals ("sticks seem to crawl, leaves can fly, and a stone may have eyes and a beak"). The clear, rhythmic text dramatizes how camouflage helps both predator and victim, and new readers will want to talk about the natural law: there are animals that must hunt, and the hunted must hide. Hazel Rochman
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