Book review – Animals eating (Animal readers series) 

Animals eating

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Awesome photos!! April 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
The monkey eating fruit on the front cover caught my eye — as I love monkeys! (duh– I’m monkeelv). The author has a very well put together book! It has an interactive Table of Contents linking to each individual animal. At first I thought a TOC wasn’t really needed, but later when wanting to show the mole eating a worm to my husband (LOL) I found it quickly! The animals shown eating something are a sheep, rabbit, prairie dog, monkey, macaw, woodpecker, mole, otter, spider, frog, lizard, and sparrow. The photos are awesome closeups of the animal in action! My grandson is going to love this book when he is just a little bit older and can recognize the animals and their “food.” The author indicated the book is for children ages 2-7. I enjoyed it, too!
Everything is uniformly written; punctuation is perfect! The author includes an “About the Author” section in the back of the book. She has both the knowledge, education, and photography skills to have created this book. She also includes at the end of the book, links to the other books she has also written for children. If all of her books are of this quality and are as interesting as this one, I likely will be purchasing them in the future!
The book displayed perfectly on an iPad. On the Kindle Fire, the pages are just a little bit narrower, and so the last letter on grasshopper, the ‘r”, went on the next line. The pictures have a colored border around them. Also on the Fire, The far right border on the horizontal photos did not show; the entire photo was there, just the border was missing — and it really didn’t matter. This is one of the best books I have read/seen!


Book review – Tricky behaviour (ANIMAL ATTACK AND DEFENCE SERIES)

Review of Tricky Behavior, by Kimberley Jane Pryor.

Published by Marshall Cavendish (first published in the United States in 2010)

Reviewed by Michelle Solensky, Ph.D., Jamestown College

Animals do the strangest things, and Kimberley Jane Pryor has assembled a fascinating collection of weird behaviors used by a variety of animals to avoid becoming a predator’s lunch.  Tricky Behavior is one of six outstanding books in the Animal Attack and Defense series.  In this book, readers can learn about the bizarre and amazing ways in which animals defend themselves by surprising or fooling potential predators.

Many readers will recognize some of the animal defenses highlighted, including grouping together (fish, penguins), emitting noxious odors (skunks, stink bugs), and playing dead (possums, hognose snake).  Even for those familiar with these strategies, this book offers wonderfully colorful photographs to illustrate these behaviors, and a brief yet detailed and entertaining description of each animal and its behavior.  Even readers who are familiar with defensive tactics like fleeing or freezing will still find something new to learn about in this book: birds that vomit on potential intruders, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes, fish that mask their scent by secreting a mucus sleeping bag, and ground squirrels that mask their odors with rattlesnake scent.

For example, one 2-page layout features animals that blow themselves up to look larger (porcupine fish) or anchor themselves tightly into rock crevices (chuckwallas). This book is certainly entertaining enough to read cover to cover, but also works well when read a few pages at a time, since each page features a self-contained description of one animal and its tricky behavior.  This book is a great read for upper elementary school children, and for older kids and adults who enjoy learning about the crazy things that animals do.

Tricky behaviour