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Children's Nonfiction Zoology

Do Hippos Brush Their Teeth?

How Animals Care for Their Bodies

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by Jenna Piechota

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
Zoology, General, Mammals, Insects, Spiders, etc.
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 12


A funny exploration of how animals keep clean and healthy

Do tortoises take vitamins? Do badgers wash their hands after using the toilet? This eagerly anticipated fourth and final installment of the Do Animals? series raises these questions and more about how animals take care of their bodies—much like the ways people maintain their hygiene!

From lava lizards that do push-ups, to giraffes that clean their noses with their tongues (yuck!), this book is full of interesting and unexpected ways that animals keep their bodies in top condition.

Written in an interactive question-and-answer format perfect for reading out loud, this follow-up to bestsellers Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?, Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream?, and Do Fire Ants Fight Fires? encourages inquiry and discussion. Silly scenarios and comic illustrations will invite readers to learn about animal adaptations and STEM in an engaging and accessible way.

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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JENNA PIECHOTA is an illustrator from Thunder Bay, Ontario and this is her debut book. She started a career in science but decided that drawing animals is just as much fun as studying them! She lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog Chester. When it's hot, she loves to go swimming to keep cool.


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