Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
“Do you like to dance?” asks the first spread of this playful nonfiction picture book. “Honeybees do, too!” responds the next. Illustrating the simple text are joyful drawings that visually connect the children enjoying a dance party to the honeybees performing their own “dance” in the hive. A block of more in-depth text fleshes out what the honeybees are actually doing and why: their waggle dance tells other honeybees “where to find a tasty meal.” Using this same rhythmic question-and-answer style throughout, the book compares a series of children's favorite activities to similar things that animals do. From playing tag and leapfrog (gazelles and cattle egrets) to blowing bubbles and getting piggyback rides (gray tree frogs and marmosets), there are seven activities/animals in all. And though the behaviors might look the same, while the children are playing, the animals are performing essential tasks such as finding food or caring for their young.
Award-winning author Etta Kaner has created a fun, engaging exploration of some ways animals behave just like people. By highlighting connections between human and animal behaviors, she encourages children to develop compassion for other creatures and to recognize their place within the natural world. This book would make an excellent resource for early life science lessons on the characteristics of living things, especially with the expanded information in the back matter about each of the animals found in the book. The question-and-answer pattern of the text together with Marilyn Faucher's inviting, detailed illustrations work as an entertaining, interactive read-aloud as well.
About the authors
ETTA KANER est une ex-enseignante. De nos jours, elle écrit principalement des documentaires pour les enfants et les éducateurs. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été primés; elle a notamment remporté le Silver Birch Award, le Animal Behavior Society Award et le Science in Society Book Award. Etta vit à Toronto, en Ontario.
ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario.
- Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
... an appealing addition to an animal shelf.
The overall tone of the book is one of busy good humour.
... a playful introduction to the fascinating topic of animal behavior.
... a rich addition to the abundant genre of animal books for kids.
Canadian Children's Book News
Perfect for kids who treasure little-known, surprising information ...
School Library Journal
Other titles by Etta Kaner
Beware the Burmese Pythons
And Other Invasive Animal Species
Rock? Plant? Animal?
How Nature Keeps Us Guessing
Dig, Dance, Dive
How Birds Move to Survive
De la crème glacée pour les lézards?
Comment les animaux se rafraîchissent
Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream?
How Animals Beat the Heat
The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive
Du chocolat chaud pour les grenouilles?
Comment les animaux se réchauffent
Wild Buildings and Bridges
Architecture Inspired by Nature
Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?
How Animals Keep Warm
Friend or Foe
The Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate