Animals do some extraordinary things, but not always while people are watching. When patient and persistent scientists do make a discovery, it can change how we think about animals and ourselves.
Animal Aha! highlights a number of magnificent moments in animal science. Meet Alex, a chatterbox parrot who learned not just to mimic speech, but to communicate by talking. Alex's education is already helping some speech-delayed children learn to speak. Visit a California lab where scientists study snacking snakes. After eating, a python's heart becomes 40% larger than normal. By finding out how, scientists hope to help strengthen human hearts too.
Explore all these exciting discoveries:
Cockroaches that learn best at night
Dolphins that do basic math
Elephants that recognize their reflections
Gorillas that use tools
Each profile includes fun facts about the featured creature, thoughts from the scientists who made each discovery and amazing photographs of the animals in action. Animal Aha! will forever change your ideas of animals and how we learn from them.close this panel
Diane Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 70 factual books for children, including Nibbling on Einstein's Brain, a new edition of which is also available Spring 2009. She lives in Victoria, BC.close this panel
Fun Facts and Fast Facts boxes abound, and a color photo pops up on almost every page. With a lively text, this interesting pastiche will be enjoyed by kids pawing through the classroom library seeking an engaging nonfiction read.