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Who Has These Feet? Hardcover – August 16, 2011
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“…this title earns its own place on current picture-book shelves.” ―School Library Journal
“Brooks' watercolor scenes, which ably highlight both adaptation and environment, will perform well for individual readers and small class groups.” ―BCCB
“Brooks's naturalistic yet affable animals will likely inspire readers to take a closer look at their own feet.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The simple text, the colorful illustrations, and the guessing game combine to make this an engaging picture book for reading aloud.” ―Booklist
“The text and concept are refreshingly simple, while still educating and entertaining. The richly colored and realistic watercolor illustrations depict child-friendly beasts without anthropomorphizing them. A gatefold at the conclusion brings all the animals together, and a checkerboard of heads and feet on its flaps is a ready-made matching game….Young animal fans will find much to enjoy and are sure to ask for multiple readings.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Her overview samples the adaptation/intelligent design of nature across the major animal classes (e.g., reptile, insect, mammal, bird), covers every major environment (e.g., tundra, desert, rainforest, ocean, deciduous forest), and touches on the major purposes (e.g., springing, buoyancy, clinging, climbing, slipping, digging, swimming, diving)
While focusing only on feet, there is so much that a caring parent can delve into given this lovely springboard. Why do these feet work so well for this creature in this particular environment? What has this foot inspired man to engineer? How do other animals' feet help those animals thrive? What other physical features allow these animals to survive in their environment? This book will open a new respect for the diversity of nature in your child.
A proactive parent may also use this book to broach human diversity and self acceptance -- how all children have different genius, that each genius, while not the same, has its place in the world, a particular environment where her child will find his proper traction in his own niche. The polar bear's feet cannot cling to the branch, and the parrot's will slip on the ice, yet both animals are brilliant in their own environment.
Like a tree in a meadow wind, this story will bend to take you and your child in to share a new level of appreciation and understanding of the natural world. It may even touch how your child feels about himself.
After our first reading, he looked up with eager eyes and half-requested, half-commanded "Let's read it again!" Which we did, many times over! Could an author and illustrator ask for a better review?
The final gatefold pages arranged in a pair of crisp 3x3 arrays were a natural invitation to a matching game, with my son suggesting that he point to the animal's feet and that I point to the corresponding head.
This is truly a book to enjoy again and again, and I know that each reading will suggest more ways for us to delve deeper into the evolutionary biology of the animals presented. Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very cute book, a wonderful companion to 'Who has this tail?'. The children I have read it it enjoy it very much.Published on February 4, 2013 by Suzanne M. Barker
My two and a half year old son LOVEs this book. It's my go to book when I need him to chill out. He'll sit down and I'll read it with him. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by AnnaO
This book is a stellar choice for my first grade readers. The pictures are captivating, and the text is engaging. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Lori C.