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Children's Nonfiction Zoology

Animals Do, Too!

How They Behave Just Like You

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by Marilyn Faucher

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
Category
Zoology, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771385695
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $17.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

“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.

 

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Awards

  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... an appealing addition to an animal shelf.

Kirkus Reviews

The overall tone of the book is one of busy good humour.

CM Magazine

... a playful introduction to the fascinating topic of animal behavior.

Booklist

... 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

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