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Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth (Animal Science) Paperback – April 28, 2009
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She brings life to the dullest subjects. Is a sponge an interesting creature? It never was to me, but her account is. She says, "To be honest, even live sponges don't do much. They just sort of sit there and grow. But put one in a blender and you'll see that they do something no other animal can: pour your sponge smoothie back into its seawater home, and it will put itself back together..."
Explanations that are accurate but make sense to a non-scientist (animals with "antifreeze" in their bodies, for example) and deceptively simple illustrations by Neal Layton make this one of my new favorite books.
I like the playful, impish illustrations of Neal Layton whose pictures seem to have been drawn by a clever elementary school age artist. Layton's drawings reinforce and illustrate the text well exhibiting some slapstick and subtle humor along the way. One of my favorites is the full page featuring the Kosiest Koat Kontest with a smiling musk ox, seal otter, and bikini'd bowhead whale on the stage under the spotlights. Another full page graphic opposite text explaining how an emperor penguin doesn't lose heat from its feet illustrates the facts perfectly with a diagram of the inner workings of the penguin and an illustrated explanation of the Penguin's amazing coat of feathers. And the pic of the lab tech with a nose on the side of his face is a hoot.
Extreme Animals is a book that belongs in the classroom. It's a book that can teach vocabulary and science facts. It's a book that might kindle a love of reading, that might inspire and motivate a quest for additional knowledge. For example, the author writes of the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish that were cut into pieces, each piece growing back into a new starfish. I'm sure some readers would want to know more about these crown-of thorns starfish .
The book is conversational in tone, with the facts thrown in. It makes it enjoyable to read, not at all dry. The illustrations are cartoony and funny. It's learning and fun rolled into one.
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was gift for grandson...required reading for school...didn't actually read myself however he did tell me he enjoyed this bookPublished 17 months ago by Kathy Masterman
I am a teacher and love to use this book as a read-aloud mentor text with my 4th grade writers. It is an excellent example of how to make expository writing engaging, beginning... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by PBarnes
It is entertaining and educational. Illustrations were particularly amusing and let's see, it,um, it uh, how do you say it covered some very unusual facts. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by MIles
I bought this book for teaching 6th grade science, and I am finding it hysterically funny in addition to informative.Published on January 3, 2013 by EAK