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Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth (Animal Science) Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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All toddlers love being scared by monster stories, but there is nothing like non-fiction scariness as in dangerous animals that really exist in our world, although not in our immediate habitat.
Yes, the words "Kill", "Stab", "Murder" etc are in the book, so generally speaking I would skip the first two pages and just move from illustration to illustration instead. However, in the education of a child, there is no more nobler way to introduce those horrible concepts than in our natural animal world. What is unnatural is human killing, stabing, and murdering, and this could absolutely be explained to children. The fact they see animals doing this should teach them that only animals do this "for survival" and to complete the circle of life. However, this is not how humans behave.
In any case, this book is unique and I am glad we have an interesting, thought-provoking, and dramatic addition to our non-fiction library. Enough about fantasies, ghost stories, and fairy tales. This is the real deal.
However, the first page says things like "drowning, poisoning" and list other forms of death. Then basically says animals are almost as good as people are at hurting and killing each other. What??? I can't understand if it supposed to be funny or not, but it isn't. Why talk about humans murdering each other? I'm all for learning about how the animal kingdom works (the book covers certain "scary" creatures and how they kill their prey) but the opening paragraph is just plain wrong.