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Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember Hardcover – October 19, 2009
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When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don't do. It's clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python's tail, or bother a black widow spider. But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish? Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching prey, and this can make them unexpectedly hazardous to your health. In this dynamic and fascinating picture book by Steve Jenkins, you'll find out what you should never do if you encounter one of these surprisingly dangerous animals.
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|Harmless looking creatures||Never pet a platypus||Never collect a cone shell|
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Using eighteen examples, Steve Jenkins enters the natural world and tells it like it is. First off, "NEVER pet a platypus". Simple text explains that as cute as they are, "the platypus...is the only poisonous mammal." The book continues in this manner, beginning each spread with instruction on on what NEVER to do, and following it up with the explanation why. Cut paper illustrations of fish and fowl, insects and mammals dot the text. At the end further information is given about each creature, and a Bibliography for further reading is included. So don't let that big-eyed cassowary fool you.Read more ›
There is a lot of information packed in this standard 32-page picture book. The reading level is perfect for the beginning reader, and along the way they will pick up some new words such as entangled, unpredictable, predator and venomous.
Here are some of the more interesting facts that I picked up:
"NEVER PET A PLATYPUS: ...The platypus is the only poisonous mammal. It has venomous spurs on its hind legs, and it can give you a very painful jab."
"NEVER CLUTCH A CANE TOAD: ...It's harmless except for two large sacs of venom on its neck. If pressed, these pouches squirt out a blinding, and sometimes deadly poison."
"NEVER CONFRONT A KANGAROO: A kangaroo can deliver a kick powerful enough to cave in a person's chest."
You can see why first, second and third graders will eat this up. Reluctant readers will love the somewhat gory facts, and be drawn in by the pictures. The pictures are paper cuts, and they're colorful and appealing. I think Never Smile at a Monkey is a must for teachers and school librarians to have on hand.
Still, the information in the book is interesting and little-known. I just wouldn't give it to young children for bedtime reading!
This copy arrived fast and was in excellent condition.
This book teaches tips about dealing with animals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. I read it for my daughters and students. I like how I read a page and then we can check out a youtube video of the animal. Great facts, too!Published 1 month ago by Steve Avery
This book arrived with both the cover and the front of the book torn. It is still readable and I did not expect a perfect used book, but the tear is really quite bad.Published 6 months ago by Cressett
Kept my child engaged. It gives factual and fun information about animals.Published 15 months ago by S. Brooks
My nephew loved it. Good for reading aloud to child or for young new reader.Published 18 months ago by THOMAS D PERKINS